The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 19, 2001 · Page 8
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A8 THURSDAY. APRIL 19. 2001 WORLD THE SALINA JOURNAL T MIDEAST Redd leaves Palestinian police station in ruins Action occurs shortly after Israeli troops leave Gaza Strip By IBRAHIM BARZAK The Associated Press I > \ GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Despite American criticism, Israel briefly re-entered the Gaza Strip Wednesday and leveled a Palestinian police station on territory granted to Yasser Arafat's government in peace agreements. The raid in southern Gaza came 10 hours after Israel withdrew troops from a square-mile area it had seized Tuesday morning at the opposite end of the strip. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came under criticism he had bowed to pressure from the United States, which had denounced the land takeover. • Israel said its actions were a response to Palestinian mortar and shooting attacks against Israeli civilians. The attacks and Tuesday's land seizure outraged Palestinians. Information Minister Yasser Abed Rab- bo said the Palestinians would respond with "popular resistance" to Israel's incursions. Retaliation swift Soon after Israeli troops pulled out of the northern pocket, six mortars hit near the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in Gaza. After nightfall Wednesday, five mortar shells landed at Nir Am, an Israeli village just outside the Gaza border fence, as well as near the Gaza settlement Kfar Darom, the military said. No injuries were reported. Israeli tanks fired shells at a police post in Beit Hanpun in northern Gaza, Palestinians said. Fierce exchanges of fire took place near Jerusalem, between the Palestinian town of Beit Jalla and Israeli positions near The Associated Press Israeli children ioolt at damage done Wednesday to one of the windows of their school In the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in the southern Gaza Strip. the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in disputed east Jerusalem. Sharon's government insisted it had planned to pull out of the northern Gaza pocket even before Secretary of State Colin Powell denounced the takeover. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres spoke with Powell by phone Wednesday and said Powell's sharp words had resulted from a "problem with communication." In Wednesday's incursion, a tank and two bulldozers razed a Palestinian police station near Gaza International Airport in the southern Gaza Strip, then returned to Israeli-controlled territory The army said shots had been fired from the position at workers at the nearby Israeli- Egyptian border fence. No one was injured in the shooting. Police stations razed During its land-seizure in northern Gaza, Israeli troops razed six Palestinian police stations and destroyed orange groves and farmland outside the town of Beit Hanoun. Hassan Shabat, returning to his farm, said he lost 5,000 chickens, the livelihood of a family of 17. Traces of the incursion were everywhere — tracks of battle tanks, piles of concrete rubble, dozens of weary and frustrated Palestinians shifting through the ruins. Before its troops entered early Tuesday, Israel fired a heavy rocket barrage across the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian policeman. Soon after troops seized the pocket, an Israeli army commander had said troops might remain in place for "days, weeks or months." Yet the soldiers were pulled out just several hours after Powell called the Israeli action "excessive." OUR EXCLUSIVE BIG SHIRT 100% Linen Wrinkle-Resistant Shirt From Westbound 36 MISSES • PETTTES • WOMEN'S' •Features dyed to match buttons and open trim work. •Reinforced seams and button holes add durabiUity. •100% easy care hnen is specially treated to resist wrinkling. •Available in: online lime, royal blue, red, melon, blue atoll, black, and buttercup. •Misses S-XL and Petites S •'Women's 1X-3X, $42. r Also available: ^ •/ ^-^C-^,, Westbound 100% cotton douljle -^l , collar crew neck tee. $16. Dilkd's LEVI'S® DENIM SHORTS Compare Our Everyday Low Price To Other's "Sale Prices" For Your Convenience We Aco^ Your Dilbnd's, Visa, MostejCatd, American Express, Discwer, Carte Blanche, Or Diner's dub CmJ. SHOP TODAY 10/LM. - 9 P.M. For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, MasteiCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blondie, Or Diner's dub Card SHOP TODAY 10 A.M, - 9 PJVL

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