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Source: (United Nations\Division for Palestinian Rights)
30 April 1995


April 1995

Monitored from the media by the
Division for Palestinian Rights

1 April The Palestinian Authority issued the first Palestinian diplomatic passport to one of its officials, with the signature of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. (Reuter)
2 April Seven Palestinians were killed and 20 others injured when a huge explosion ripped through an apartment building in Gaza City. It was reported that members of the Hamas military wing Izzadin al-Qassam, were among those who died. An investigation by Palestinian police revealed that the explosion occurred while Hamas members were preparing a bomb. A spokesman of Hamas denied the police accusation. (Ha'aretz)

3 April Saudi Arabia has officially recognised the new passport issued by the Palestinian Authority for Palestinians residing in the self-rule areas. Saudi Arabia is the first Arab country to recognize the Palestinian passport. (Reuter)

4 April Mr. Said Atta Abu Kirsh, an official from the Palestinian Authority's agriculture department, and the Saudi Arabian Trade Minister Sulaiman al-Salim, reached a trade agreement for Palestinian agricultural products. Exports to Saudi Arabia will begin soon via Egypt and Jordan. (AFP)

5 April According to Palestinian police, Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian as he tried to enter Israel illegally. The incident took place at the Erez crossing point. (AFP)
6 April The first Palestinian radio station, called "Peace and Love", was set up in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah by six Palestinians. The station's programme is a mixture of light entertainment, which avoids politics, and is capturing a large number of listeners among the Palestinians. (AFP)
9 April Six Israeli soldiers and an American woman were killed and 30 others injured in a car bomb attack on a bus near Kfar Darom settlement, South of the Gaza Strip. Several hours later, a second car-bomb attack took place near Netzarim settlement in the center of the Gaza Strip, killing one Israeli border-guard and injuring five others. The first attack was claimed by the Islamic Jihad and the second one was claimed by the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat condemned the attack and called the killers "enemies of peace". (AFP)
10 April The first ambassadors of Israel and Jordan presented their diplomatic credentials in parallel ceremonies in Amman and Jerusalem. (AFP)

11 April PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat vowed to disarm Moslem militants as clashes broke out with Palestinian police during a massive security sweep in the Gaza City after two suicide bombings. Arafat also urged Israel to cooperate in preventing the introduction of arms into the self-rule areas. He charged that many of the weapons circulating in the Gaza Strip were Israeli. (AFP)
12 April The Israeli Meretz Party called for the immediate dismantling of four Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Netzarim, Kfar Darom and Morage settlements in the Gaza Strip as well as the settlement in the heart of Hebron in the West Bank. (Reuter)
13 April The Israeli Government decided to close the West Bank and the Gaza Strip at the start of the 10-day holiday of Passover. The full closure would be imposed from 13 to 16 April.
15 April Israeli troops shot dead a Jordanian man who tried to enter the West Bank illegally from Jordan. Israeli Radio said the man was unarmed, and was carrying a Koran. (AFP)
16 April A first aviation agreement was signed between the Palestinian Authority and Qatar. The agreement was signed in Doha by Mr. Abdel Aziz Mohammad al-Naimi, director of civil aviation, and his Palestinian counterpart Mr. Faez Zidan. Qatar pledged to help the Palestinians build an airport in the Gaza Strip and provide them with light aircrafts in the future. (AFP)
17 April Israeli soldiers beat Palestinian demonstrators and arrested 13 in the West Bank town of Ramallah during a march for the release of thousands of prisoners held by Israel. The demonstration was one of several protests organized throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Prisoners Club to mark the annual Prisoners Day. (Reuter)
18 April Israeli authorities deported two Palestinian prisoners to south Lebanon but Lebanese troops refused to allow them entry at the Harma crossing point. The two men, who belong to the PLO Fatah group and who hold Jordanian passports, were placed in the custody of UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon. (Reuter)
19 April Mr. Mohammad al-Ajnaf, Tunisian representative to the Palestinian Authority presented his credentials to PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat at his Headquarters in Gaza City. Mr. al-Ajnaf became the third representative of an Arab country to the Palestinian Authority after Morocco and Egypt. (Reuter)
20 April The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad condemned the car bombing in Oklahoma City in the United States, while PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sent condolences to President Bill Clinton. (AFP)

22 April The Palestinian military court jailed two Palestinian militants charged with inciting anti-Israeli attacks. The military court has judged nine people since it was established two months ago. (AFP)

23 April About 200 Palestinian truck drivers and their supporters protested limits on trucks entering Israel in a sit-in outside the office of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. Demonstrators carried placards urging an end to the Israeli security measures which limited the number of trucks to about a dozen a day. (AFP)

24 April Israeli soldiers lifted the closure on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after a ten-day closure imposed as a precaution against attacks during the Jewish holiday. A military spokesman said 26,000 Palestinians with work permits were allowed to enter Israeli territory. (AFP)

25 April A Palestinian prisoner, Abed al-Samed Harizat, from Hebron, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem, an Israeli hospital. Harizat had been detained a week earlier and during the interrogations he was dispatched to the hospital with brain damage reportedly inflicted by the secret police. Two Israeli and an Irish doctors hired by Harizat's family confirmed that Abed al-Samed died because of head injuries and not natural causes. Police said Israel's Justice Ministry was investigating the case. (Reuter)

26 April The Israeli army started the evacuation of three military training camps in the West Bank as a first step of Israeli army's redeployment in the West Bank. The military camp "four", a major training site for new recruits near the settlement of Beit El, Ramallah area, was one of the three to be evacuated. (AFP)

27 April The Israeli Housing Ministry announced that about 131 acres of Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem will be expropriated to be used for building a new Jewish neighbourhood. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat said that this confiscation of land violated the Declaration of Principles. The Palestinian Authority decided to form a high level committee headed by Yasser Arafat to confront such measures. The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations asked the UN Security Council to take action against the Israeli decision. (AFP)
28 April The United Arab Emirates (UAE) donated $10 million to the World Bank's aid fund for the Palestinian Authority as a contribution for the 1995/96 financial year. (AFP)

30 April Palestinian Police Chief General Naser Yussef accused Israel of smuggling guns into the occupied West Bank in order to foment clashes between Palestinians. He urged Palestinians not to resort to violence. (AFP)

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