- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 3, 2002

HEBRON, West Bank Israeli soldiers stormed a Hebron college campus and detained 300 Palestinians for questioning yesterday after briefly lifting a curfew to allow students to take exams.
The army took away at least seven students and blindfolded some of them, witnesses said.
The Israeli operation continued a pattern of large-scale searches and arrests in the main West Bank population centers over the past two weeks.
Since back-to-back suicide bombing attacks in Jerusalem killed 26 Israelis last month, Israeli forces have taken control of seven of the eight main Palestinian cities and towns, declaring curfews that have confined at least 700,000 people to their homes. Only Jericho remains free of Israeli control.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been detained for questioning and about 60 are still being held, military sources said yesterday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. At least 2,000 reserve troops have been called up for the security operations.
"We hope once we are able to subdue terrorism it will be possible to renew the political process and allow the Palestinian people to return to normal life, which definitely they do deserve," said Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In Ramallah, Israeli tanks maintained their positions around Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters.
Responding to a statement by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who said U.S. officials would not meet with Mr. Arafat, the Palestinian National Council, a PLO policy body, issued a statement yesterday expressing its "full, unconditional support and solidarity" with Mr. Arafat.

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