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March 25, 2003

Middle East News Roundup

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Israeli forces shot dead a 14-year-old boy during clashes in the West Bank city of Jenin today, hours after the army removed an Israeli settlement outpost in the southern West Bank, near Hebron. (8) An Israeli security official said soldiers in Jenin had opened fire on two Palestinians who climbed on top of an armored vehicle and were trying to steal its machine gun. (8) Palestinians sharply criticized the plan, saying it would undermine a United States-backed proposal that is intended to restart peace talks and lead to a Palestinian state. (5) Thousands of Palestinians have protested in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the US-led war on Iraq began, and according to pollsters, a majority of Palestinians sympathize with Iraqis and even with President Saddam Hussein. (9) Earlier Monday, the military said troops dismantled an illegal Jewish settlement near the West Bank city of Hebron, the first such outpost taken down since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new government took office last month. (6) Israel says the electronic fences and cement blocks that Israelis have been calling a '' separation fence '' are meant to protect Israel proper and Jewish settlements from attacks by Palestinian militants. (3) Israel is considering two plans to extend a barrier that separates Israelis and Palestinians, officials said yesterday. (2)