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Arafat, in Ramallah, prays at the communal grave of 17 dead

MIDDLE EAST
Arafat Emerges, Defiant, amid the Rubble
Israel lifted its siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah, but tensions remained high outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. Playing down the damage to his compound, Arafat angrily denounced the Israelis for a "big crime" against a "sacred place" after fighting and fire broke out at the church, where Israel was demanding the surrender of dozens of Palestinian fighters. He also condemned Israel's assault on the Jenin refugee camp, the deaths of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and infrastructure damage. The Palestinian leader later toured Ramallah, smiling...

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