Saturday, January 30, 1988


Occupied Palestine/Israel: Shopkeepers strike in Gaza Strip, W. Bank, and E. Jerusalem [WP, FJ 1/31]. UNRWA clinics in Gaza Strip and W. Bank reportreating more than 300 for broken bones and other injuriesince policy of "power, force, and beatings" was declared [WP 1/3 1].

Arab World: U.S. envoy Philip Habib meets with King Hussein in Amman to discuss latest U.S. efforts to restart Middle East peace process [WP 1/31].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Nablus and Balatah refugee camp, soldiers use tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition in clash with demonstrators, wounding at least 7. Nablus is declared closed military zone; Balatah is placed under curfew. In Gaza City, troops beat, teargas protesters, injuring at least 7. At least 2 Palestinians are wounded by army gunfire in Gaza [WP, NYT 1/311. In E. Jerusalem's Thuri quarter, demonstrators bum tires, block roads, and stone troops. Soldiers respond with tear gas, rubber bullets. Demonstrations are also reported in Hebron, Ramallah, and throughout Gaza Strip [FJ 1/31].