Tuesday, September 17, 1996

U.S. special envoy Ross arrives in Cairo for talks with Pres. Mubarak, on the 1st stop on a tour of the region aimed at resuming Syrian-Israeli negotiations, assuring Cairo Economic Summit will be held in 11/96. (WT 9/18)

IDF demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem because a 2d story was added without a permit. (al-Nahar 9/18 in WNC 9/20; LAWE 9/19)

Palestinian land owners in Hebron receive IDF notification that 4 acres of their land nr. Kiryat Arba settlement have been seized for military use; owners have 10 days to evacuate. (PR 9/20)

Lebanese cabinet bans newscasts fr. unlicensed radio, television outlets (e.g., Hizballah media); orders state-owned media to give priority to news about the resistance in all their news casts. Unlicensed outlets may continue to transmit nonpolitical broadcasts until 11/30/96, by which date they must liquidate their assets. The board chmn. of state-owned Tele Liban, Fu'ad Nu`aym, resigns in protest. (MM 9/17; RL 9/18 in WNC 9/20; MM 9/19; Independent [London] 10/2 in WNC 10/3; MEI 10/4; CSM 10/21)