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  Israel tells UN not to send team to Jenin
Updated 28 April 2002, 18.28
A Palestinian boy tries to pitch a tent on the rubble of his house in the Jenin refugee camp
Israel has told the United Nations not to send a special team to investigate what happened at the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin.

The Red Cross, who had been allowed into the camp where many people were killed by Israeli soldiers, described the situation there as "horrendous".

Deal


The Israeli army attacked the camp earlier this month. They claim they were rooting out those belonging to groups who they say are linked to recent suicide bomb attacks.

Palestinians claim hundreds were killed there, but the Israelis say this is not true.

They only admit to dozens of casualties.

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But Israeli officials have agreed to a plan by the US which could help free Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from the siege in his Ramallah headquarters.

He has been trapped there since March.

The plan would mean US or UK officials would protect four Palestinians who killed an Israeli politician last October.

Palestinian officials are said to be thinking about whether to accept the deal or not because they don't want the men handed over to Israel.

Child dies

Israeli soldiers are also hunting for a Palestinian man who disguised himself as an Israeli soldier and broke into a Jewish area near Hebron on Saturday.

He killed four Israelis who live there, including a five-year-old girl.

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