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Monday, May 03, 2004

Israeli troops block entrance to Arafat's HQ


Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addresses
supporters during a rally outside his office
at the Muqataa compound in the West Bank
city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - Israeli military jeeps sealed off the entrances to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites)'s headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, a Palestinian official told AFP.
"The soldiers, travelling in 15 jeeps, approached the president's HQ and blocked the three entrances to the building," said Arafat advisor Nabil Abu Rudeina.

He expressed the fear that the move was "in preparation for an attack on the president," without giving any details.

Israeli military sources said that the troops were conducting "routine arrests" in Ramallah.