- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2006


Palestinians fight to enter Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinians fought with Israeli troops and used makeshift ladders to climb over Israel’s towering West Bank separation barrier yesterday after being barred from entering Jerusalem to attend Ramadan services at Islam’s third-holiest shrine.

The apparently spontaneous outbursts at checkpoints around the holy city reflected Palestinians’ growing anger with the continued construction of the barrier and their frustration with Israeli restrictions keeping many of them out of Jerusalem.

Israeli forces dispersed the crowds with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.

Also yesterday, Israel killed three militants in an air strike as it pressed forward with an expanded offensive in Gaza that has killed 13 persons — most of them militants — in two days. A fourth Palestinian was killed in a separate Israeli attack.


U.S. forces blamed in journalist’s death

OXFORD — A coroner ruled yesterday that U.S. forces unlawfully killed a British television journalist in the opening days of the Iraq war and said he would ask the attorney general to take steps to bring those responsible to justice.

Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker ruled in the case of Terry Lloyd, a 50-year-old reporter for the British television network ITN who was killed on March 22, 2003. The Pentagon said its forces had followed proper rules of engagement.

Witnesses testified during the weeklong inquest that Mr. Lloyd — who was driving with fellow ITN reporters from Kuwait toward Basra, Iraq — was shot in the back by Iraqi troops who overtook his car, then died after U.S. fire hit a civilian minivan being used as an ambulance and struck him in the head.


Leaders propose own self-rule plan

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland proposed their own plan yesterday for reviving self rule in Northern Ireland after failing to break a deadlock between the province’s main parties in three days of talks.

The pro-British Democratic Unionist Party and pro-Irish Sinn Fein locked horns on two issues: a Unionist refusal to govern with Sinn Fein, and Sinn Fein’s reluctance to endorse local police.

If the sides agree to the plan, a devolved government to run the province could be in place by March, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said. The parties must accept or reject it by Nov. 10.


Patrols off Canaries to be extended

WARSAW — The European Union’s border control agency, Frontex, said yesterday it will prolong patrols off Spain’s Canary Islands aimed at stemming a tide of illegal entry from Africa.

An agency spokesman was unable to say how long the patrols would be extended. Spain has asked for them to run until the end of the year. The Hera II operation, which started in mid-August, was initially to last nine weeks. Italian and Spanish boats and planes were patrolling the coast of Senegal.


NATO soldier killed in suicide attack

KANDAHAR — A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed van into a NATO military patrol manned mostly by U.S. troops yesterday, killing one NATO soldier and eight Afghan civilians as shrapnel blasted nearby shops.

The morning attack on a busy commercial street in Kandahar also wounded another NATO soldier and eight more civilians.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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