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October 19, 2002

Israelis swoop as U.S. calls for calm

Ah, Reuters. US calls for calm and those nasty Israelis go after "militants"--ie, terrorists. And, oh, yes, buried at the bottom of the article, the paper notes that soldiers attacked and killed a Palestinian who had attacked them with bombs. Wish those soldier could show some restraint!
NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops have raided houses in the West Bank and arrested at least eight suspected militants, continuing their crackdown on a Palestinian uprising despite calls for calm from Washington.

The pre-dawn swoops centred on the city of Nablus and the men who were detained belonged to President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction and the militant Islamic group Hamas, the army and Palestinian witnesses said on Saturday

Witnesses said troops searched six houses whose occupants had already fled. Four soldiers were injured as they blew up the door of a wanted man's house in the city's Balata refugee camp.

The sweep came a day after Israel announced it would ease its hold on two restive West Bank cities, as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned from Washington talks and a U.S. envoy set off to the Middle East with a peace plan in pocket.

Washington, Israel's closest ally, is keen to see Israel ease its curfews and closures as it tries to rally Arab support for a possible war against Iraq.

Israeli military and security sources said the army suspended its curfew indefinitely in Jenin, a militant bastion like Nablus. It would also minimise troop presence in Hebron ahead of talks on a potential withdrawal.