Thursday, March 18, 1993

PM Rabin meets with UN Secy.-Gen. Butrus-Ghali in New York. (MM 3/17)

Gunfire erupts near Palestinian negotiator Haydar 'Abd al-Shafi in Rafah, Gaza, killing 52-year-old schoolteacher within 10 feet of him. IDF and Israeli TV says PFLP gunmen tried to shoot the delegate (PFLP denies); 'Abd al-Shafi says bullets came from IDF firing on stonethrowers. IDF kills 1, wounds over 50 Palestinians in Khan Yunis. (Qol Yisra'el 3/18, 3/19 in FBIS 3/19; MM, NYT 3/18, 3/19)

Hamas spokesman in Amman Ibrahim Ghawshah announces the group will escalate attacks in the West Bank to make conditions there similar to Gaza, to force Israel to withdraw. (MM 3/18)

Last Friday of Ramadan passes peacefully in Jerusalem, where over 200,000 Palestinians prayed at al-Aqsa Mosque, watched over by scores of Israeli police. (MM 3/19)

Joint PFLP-Fateh unit attacks Israeli, SLA forces in "security zone." (VOL 3/19 in FBIS 3/22)