Arafat’s widow stripped of citizenship
A formal decree published Aug. 2 in Tunisia’s official register indicated that 44-year-old Suha Arafat, who was born in Jerusalem and became a naturalized Tunisian last year, had lost her citizenship.
No explanation was provided. The decree made no reference to the Arafats’ 12-year-old daughter Zahwa, who became a Tunisian citizen on the same day as her mother.
Suicide attacker targets tourists
RABAT — A Moroccan tax officer tried to blow up a coach load of foreign tourists in a suicide attack on his 30th birthday, police said yesterday.
The tourists from the United States, France and Italy continued their tour after Hicham Dokkali tried but failed to get onto the bus carrying a butane gas bottle in the historic city of Meknes on Monday, a Moroccan security official said.
Dokkali had an arm blown off and suffered liver injuries in the explosion.
Six Palestinians killed in incursion
GAZA — Israeli forces killed six Palestinians yesterday when they clashed with militants during a raid on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Palestinian militant and hospital sources said.
Two Hamas militants and a 40-year-old bystander were killed during the raid on the southern villages of Qarara and Abassan, hospital officials said.
Hamas said another of its gunmen and his mother were fatally shot as they emerged from their home in the area. At least 16 Palestinians were wounded in the fighting in which the Israeli troops were backed by military aircraft.