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The BBC's Paul Adams in Jerusalem
"It is beginning to look like war"
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The BBC's Hilary Andersson in Jerusalem
"Palestinian policemen fired on Israeli soldiers. They shot back"
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Dr Mustapha Bargouti, Palestinian Medical Relief Com
"Crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers against the civilian population"
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Israeli Defence Min, Ephraim Sneh
"The response of our troops was overcautious, with extreme restraint"
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Monday, 2 October, 2000, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Mideast violence intensifies
Palestinian policeman firing at Israeli forces in Nablus
Israel says Palestinian police have been involved in the violence
A fifth day of fierce clashes between Israelis and Palestinians has left at least 13 more people dead, including several Israeli Arabs, bringing the death toll to at least 40.

Palestinian police and Israeli forces have been firing on each other in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians earlier overran an Israeli military post.

One does not fight against popular emotions with tanks

French President Jacques Chirac
In two incidents, the Israeli army has deployed helicopter gunships spraying bullets into crowds of protesters.

The violence began after a right-wing Israeli politician visited a site in Jerusalem sacred to Muslims and Jews, a visit that French President Jacques Chirac has condemned as "irresponsible provocation".

International appeals for restraint have so far been ignored, with both sides blaming the other for the violence.

Street battles

Most of the dead are Palestinians, but six Arab citizens of Israel were reported to have died in clashes with Israeli security forces on Monday.

The BBC Jerusalem correspondent Hilary Andersson says the violence has developed a momentum of its own.

She says that even during the Intifada - the Palestinian uprising in 1980s - there were few battles to compare with those seen in recent days.

On Monday an Israeli was shot dead in his car near the West Bank town of Bidiya - the first civilian Israeli Jew to have been killed in the unrest.

Elsewhere at least six Palestinians died in clashes in Jenin, in the Jericho area and in the Gaza Strip. Another Palestinian died in the West Bank town of Nablus, where Israel deployed helicopter gunships.

Israeli army helicopters were deployed in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian youths burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration
The clashes are the worst for four years
The clashes have also spread to Israeli territory where six Israeli Arabs were shot dead during protests against Israel's actions.

Jordanian airforce planes have been helping with the evacuation of the wounded, ferrying them to hospitals in Jordan.

Among those to have been flown out is Jamal al Durrah, whose son, 12-year-old Muhammad, was shot dead on Sunday in the Gaza Strip as he tried to protect him.


French President Jacques Chirac has condemned Israeli tactics as disproportionate.

Following talks with Mr Chirac, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, added to international criticism, describing Mr Sharon's visit as "counter-productive".

Mrs Albright's statement followed an appeal by US President Bill Clinton to both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to bring an end to the violence.

...the most serious thing is that the Palestinians are violating all the agreements, while members of ..the police are firing at our men

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
The White House said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had agreed to support a US-led inquiry into the violence once calm has been restored.

Mr Barak, who met senior security officials late on Sunday, has blamed the Palestinian authority for the ongoing violence.

He said responsibility for stopping the fighting immediately lay with them.

But the Palestinians blame the Israelis for the continuing clashes.

Mr Arafat has urged the Israelis to "stop shooting our soldiers, our old people, our youths, our women".

He has flown to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II.

Presidents Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Bashar al-Assad of Syria, meeting in Cairo, have called for an urgent Arab summit to deal with the violence, but no date has been suggested.

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