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UNITED
NATIONS
A S

        General Assembly
        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/40/610
S/17445

6 September 1985

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Fortieth session
Items 33 and 38 of the provisional agenda*
QUESTION OF PALESTINE
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SECURITY COUNCIL
Fortieth year


Letter dated 6 September 1985 from the Permanent Representative of
Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


In my capacity as Chairman of the Arab Group for the current month, I have the honour to transmit herewith the letter of the Deputy Permanent Observer for the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations, dated 6 September 1985, concerning the situation in Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.

I should be grateful if you would arrange for this letter and its annex to be circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under items 33 and 38 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Hamad Abdelaziz AL-KAWARI
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

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*A/40/150.


ANNEX

Letter dated 6 September 1985 from the Deputy Permanent Observer of the
Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations
addressed to the Secretary-General


I am instructed by Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization to bring the following to your most urgent attention. Twenty-four Palestinians have been arrested during the past two days by the Israeli occupation authorities under the 4 August 1985 reimposed administrative detention law.

Yesterday, several Palestinian homes in Al-Khalil (Hebron) were blown up by the Israeli occupation authorities, the town was placed under curfew, and the area declared a military zone. Hundreds of Palestinians were rounded up in the main square. Israeli occupation troops opened fire on them injuring several. Mass arrests then took place.

The Palestinian Gaza Strip has also been placed under curfew and declared a military zone. Again, scores of Palestinians have been arrested.

The number of Palestinians arrested since 4 August 1985 under the administrative detention law is now well beyond one hundred. Among those arrested are fifty Trade Unionists. The number of Palestinians facing forced deportation is fifteen.

The situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories is extremely volatile and requires an immediate practical response from the United Nations Secretary-General and the United Nations Security Council.

(Signed) Riyad MANSOUR
Deputy Permanent Observer
Chargé d'affaires, a.i.

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