- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Jordanians attack police after boy dies

MAAN, Jordan Rioters set fire to a police station and about 20 people were wounded in a second day of clashes in this southern Jordanian city yesterday, sparked after a teen-ager died in police custody.

Hundreds of protestors stormed the Maan headquarters, where police barricaded themselves inside, and set it ablaze by throwing burning tires at the building, said an Agence France-Presse correspondent at the scene.

Police tried in vain to fend off the stone-throwing protesters with tear gas, and gunfire broke out. About 20 people were hospitalized, with both demonstrators and security forces among the wounded, hospital sources said.

Shin Bet recommends Jews visit tense site

JERUSALEM Israel's Shin Bet security service recommends that Jews be allowed to resume visits to a holy site at the center of a 16-month-old conflict with the Palestinians, despite concerns it could cause new violence.

Jews have been barred from visiting the Temple Mount, also revered by Muslims who call it al-Haram al-Sharif, since the start of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation in September 2000.

U.S. warplanes bomb Iraq artillery unit

MANAMA, Bahrain U.S. and British warplanes bombed an anti-aircraft artillery site in southern Iraq in response to firing at coalition aircraft patrolling the no-fly zone, a U.S. Air Force spokesman said yesterday.

The coalition air strike late Monday was the first reported this year in Iraq. The last strike was in November. The attack took place Monday evening near Tallil, some 170 miles southeast of Baghdad, said the spokesman for the Joint Task Force South West Asia in Saudi Arabia. All coalition aircraft returned safely to base, he said.

Weekly notes

Lebanon's education minister, Abdel Rahim Mrad, wound up a visit to Tripoli yesterday without meeting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Mr. Mrad had hoped to hand him an invitation to the Arab summit in Beirut at the end of March. "It's clear that Gadhafi refused to meet him," said a Western diplomatic source. Libya is in a long-standing dispute with Lebanon's Shi'ite community over the 1978 disappearance of Imam Mussa Sadr, founder of the Amal movement, and had requested that the March summit be shifted to Cairo. Turkish ministers denounced yesterday a campaign for education in schools and universities to be offered in Kurdish, saying the effort is aimed at embarrassing the government as it seeks to join the European Union. "If there is a court conviction here over the campaign, they will appeal at the European Court of Human Rights," said Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk. Saudi banking magnate Saleh Kamel rejected this week claims that Islamic financial institutions were involved in funding terrorism. Mr. Kamel, chairman of the Bahrain-based General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (IBFI), told an economic forum in Jeddah on Sunday that Islamic banks had become a target of "deliberate and unfair campaigns" in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks.

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