Saturday, January 17, 1998

PA Civil Service informs Palestinian chief justice and pres. of the High Court, Qusay al-Abadla, that he must retire. (LAW 1/23; PCHR 1/25)

Syrian FM Shara` warns that U.S. credibility could plummet across the Middle East if Pres. Clinton does not put the peace process back on track during his mtgs. this wk. with Arafat, Netanyahu. (NYT 1/18)

In Amman, unidentified assailants murder 8 persons, including top Iraqi diplomat Hikmat al-Hajou, his wife, several Iraqi businessmen. (NYT 1/19; JT 1/19, SA 1/20 in WNC 1/21; MM 1/20; MEI 1/30; JP 1/31) (see 1/3)

2 Hizballah mbrs. are killed in clash with IDF in s. Lebanon. (RL 1/23 in WNC 1/27)