- The Washington Times - Monday, November 12, 2001

Islamic Jihad member killed
JERUSALEM A member of the militant group Islamic Jihad was killed yesterday when a bomb he was making exploded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said.
Omar Abu Zayed, 25, was making the bomb in his blacksmith shop in the Doha neighborhood across from the Deheishe refugee camp when the device exploded, officials said.
Abu Zayed was a known member of Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for scores of attacks against Israelis.
Also yesterday, Israeli bulldozers flanked by armored personnel carriers entered the town of Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza City, and destroyed some olive and orange trees in an area where there had been exchanges of fire overnight, witnesses said.

Storm kills 300 in Algeria
ALGIERS Makeshift morgues were set up in the capital yesterday as rescuers pulled bodies from collapsed buildings after a 36-hour storm pounded Algeria, killing at least 310 persons and injuring hundreds.
The government, after holding an emergency meeting, announced it would offer housing and financial assistance to those hit hardest by the devastating rainstorm. France was preparing to dispatch a team to assess damage and determine what kind of emergency aid was needed.
Sheets of rain and violent winds lashed the capital Friday and Saturday, sending water rushing through its streets and mud cascading down its hilly terrain.

Aid for Afghanistan to leave Uzbekistan
TERMEZ, Uzbekistan The first shipment of U.N. humanitarian aid from Uzbekistan will be sent by barge across the Amu Darya River into Afghanistan on Wednesday, a U.N. official said yesterday.
It comes less than a week after Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance drove Taliban forces out of Mazar-e-Sharif, the main city near the Uzbek border in northern Afghanistan.
However, the aid will be sent by barge because the only bridge across the Amu Darya on the Uzbek-Afghan border has not been reopened. It was closed in 1997, after the Taliban took control of most of Afghanistan. The militia seized Mazar-e-Sharif in 1998.

U.S. won't give jets to Pakistan
While Pakistan is a close ally of the Unites States in the war on terrorism, the Bush administration said yesterday it will not transfer to Pakistan American F-16 fighter jets bought by Islamabad years ago.
"There are no plans now to transfer those airplanes to Pakistan," said Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
Pakistan bought two dozen of the fighter jets in the 1980s, but the purchase was blocked by Congress because of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
Mr. Powell, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," said the United States has a new military dialogue with Pakistan, "but at the moment it does not include the transfers of those F-16s."

Macedonians enter guerrilla territory
TREBOS, Macedonia Macedonian special forces entered former guerrilla territory to secure a reported mass grave site yesterday, seizing ethnic Albanians who approached in two vehicles said to be full of weapons.
In what was a day of setbacks for Macedonia's shaky peace process, parliament's hard-line nationalist speaker cancelled a landmark session set for today to ratify civil rights reforms promised to minority Albanians after their rebels disbanded.
A Reuters news agency team looking for the site came upon heavily armed special police taking up positions along a dirt road between farm plots and pointing submachine guns at two Albanian men stretched out on the ground.
Extremely tense, the special troops pointed automatic weapons at the reporters, ordered them to put hands up and get out of the car before letting them proceed after a search and document check.


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