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414 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1997 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL ITALY EARTHQUAKE New quakes hit Italy; 20 hurt Famed cathedral further damaged after last week's quakes By DANIEL J. WAKIN lite Associated Press ASSISI, Italy — Central Italy quivered and shook again on Friday, as earthquakes injured 20 people and inflicted more damage on the famed Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and other buildings hit by temblors a week ago. The earthquakes sowed panic in people still alarmed by the earlier shocks. Many residents once again fled homes and offices for the safety of open areas. "What is this mystery of the earth moving? Can't it stay still?" asked the Rev. Pasquale Magro, head of the the basilica's museum. The epicenter of Friday's most powerful, 4.8 magnitude quake was near Serravalle de Chienti, 30 miles east of Assisi. It sent workers at the region's disaster relief center running out their doors when the brief rumbling began at 10:55 a.m. The double quake that hit Sept. 26 had made Serravalle a virtual ghost town. Its several thousand residents, along with up to 42,000 others in the regions of Umbria and Marche, have been sleeping outside in tents, campers and cars. Diana Gandolfini, 50, sitting in front of a camper in an encampment near Serravalle, said she had left her home for good. "I won't go back after all that fear," she said. About 20 people suffered minor injuries from falling debris in Friday's quake and a series of aftershocks that followed. A temblor with a magnitude of 3.5 struck at 1:04 p.m. and another al- The Associated Press An unidentified woman cries in front of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Friday after more earthquakes shook central Italy. More stones fell from the south facade and plaster fell from inside the cathedral as a result of the new quakes. Last week, part of the cathedral's vaulted celling collapsed and two of the cathedral's treasured frescoes were destroyed in earthquakes. most as strong about 40 minutes later. In Foligno, the epicenter of last week's quake, a woman with a history of heart trouble died after Friday's temblor. Magro said the new rumblings further damaged the St. Francis basilica. Part of the cathedral's vaulted ceiling collapsed last week during the second and the strongest quake, at magnitude 5.5. Four people were killed and two of the cathedral's treasured frescoes were destroyed. In all, 11 people died in last week's double quake. Magro said the basilica's damaged ceiling survived the new shocks. But more stones fell from the south facade and showers of plaster rained down inside the cathedral. Small cracks opened up in asphalt of the main piazza next to the lower church. Technicians have been cataloging pieces of frescoes that fell last week and experts are studying ways to reinforce the basilica's structure. Italy's civil defense chief, Nicola Barberi, said the strength of last week's temblors caught authorities by surprise. He said the aftershocks were more powerful than anyone can remember. As a precaution, authorities evacuated Assisi's hospital on Friday. Assisi is one of Italy's most- visited sites, and the entire region is dotted with well-preserved medieval towns. The new temblors struck as relief teams were working throughout the region to reinforce damaged buildings and find shelter for people driven from their homes. ISRAEL Furor grows over botched murder Netanyahu linked to botched assassination of Hamas leader By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Israeli media on Friday linked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the botched assassination of a Hamas leader, saying Netanyahu had asked spy masters for a list of Hamas targets abroad after a suicide bombing by Islamic militants. Israeli opposition legislator Yossi Sarid demanded that parliament investigate what he called the "infantile decision taken by the prime minister." However, Israeli officials kept their silence on the affair. Canada recalled its ambassador Thursday to protest the use of Canadian passports in the attack last week in Amman, Jordan, on Khalid Mashaal, a leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas. But that drew only a terse acknowledgment Friday, with Israel's Foreign Ministry saying it regretted Canada's move. In an interview Friday, Mashaal said the attempt on his life has "destroyed the legendary image of the Mossad," Israel's spy agency. Israel TV correspondent Alon Ben-David reported that after suicide bombers blew up themselves and 16 other people in Jerusalem on July 30, Netanyahu ordered agents to draw up a target list of Hamas leaders abroad. The attack on Mashaal, if carried out by the Mossad, would have required approval from Ne- tanyahu, who has been out of the public eye since Wednesday afternoon's start of the Jewish New Year holiday. Normal business in T BOSNIA U.S.: No sign of illegal rearming ; NATO, U.S. say Bosnian I Muslims are not .rearming illegally The Associated Press SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Blanket air and ground sur- Sveillance has found no sign of Jclandestine weapons shipments to Jthe country's Muslim forces, international officials monitoring •Bosnia's peace said Friday. 2 The Muslim-led army is benefit- jjing from a U.S.-led $400 million ^rearmament program and NATO ^sources say it has used funds from ^friendly countries to buy high- •itechnology equipment, including Uanti-tank and anti-aircraft missile Ssystems. The purchases are per- jjmitted as long as they ultimately ijare used by a joint'Muslim-Croat Sforce that the international com- jjmunity envisions for Bosnia. » "The United States does not be- Slieve that the Sarajevo govern- «T INDONESIA |Companies Ilinkedto ment is engaged in a covert rearming effort outside of the U.S.-led, international train-and-equip program," said James Rubin, the U.S. State Department spokesman. "Frankly, it would be stupid in the extreme for the Bosnian government to slay the goose that's laying the golden egg," Rubin said in Washington. Rubin's comments came in response to an article Friday in The New York Times that said Muslims were secretly adding more arms and training that could be used to attack and defeat the Serbs. The article cited an Egyptian ship loaded with Soviet-made T-55 tanks at anchor in the Croatian port of Ploce, and said the shipment was part of the Muslim- led forces' clandestine rearmament program. Alija Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia's three-member presidency, said in a statement that the shipment had been registered with officials of the foreign peace force. A source close to the Egyptian government, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shipment had been held up by an error on the manifest, which said the tanks were intended for the "Bosnian army" instead of the army of the federation of Bosnia- Herzegovina. The ship has been sitting in the harbor for nearly two months awaiting permission to unload, local media have reported. Rubin said NATO had been informed of the shipment, but that the United States had asked that approval be delayed until "some procedural problems" could be resolved. He did not elaborate on what those problems might be. "NATO was informed about the delivery long before its arrival in Croatian waters," Rubin said. "We expect these problems to resolved shortly, and the ship will be allowed to enter the port and unload the tanks." The New York Times report came amid local media speculation about the possibility of renewed fighting once the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia withdraws. But officials from the NATO oper r ation, who are responsible for enforcing the Dayton accord, and from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitors arms control efforts, said they had no evidence of illegal arms shipments. brtmci Cmpta Html Ira hntofi •Brps, nutate • UmUctCvt*! Toll free 1.888-825-5280 HOOW.GrandBldg.I Salina - KS (913) 825-5280 BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE $ 10,000-$110/mo. $50,000 -^550/mo. NO EQUITY REQUIRED i 1-800-819-7010 HOMEOWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. Hours: 8:00 am-8:00 pm LOANS SHOWN Based on 11.89% 20 Year \ Term at 12.39% APR, ORE UC #01019697 (AD016) The Associated Press Canadian Ambassador David Berger Is driven Friday from the Canadian Embassy In Tel Aviv. Israel expressed regret over Canada's decision to recall Its ambassador. Israel resumes Sunday. 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