The Israeli army today placed the Gaza Strip’s 600,000 Arabs under indefinite curfew as Palestinian leaders in Algiers prepared to debate the declaration of an independent Palestinian state.
In the occupied West Bank, troops made mass arrests during the night and barred Arabs from traveling to Jerusalem.
An army spokesman said press coverage of the Gaza Strip during the curfew will be limited to reporters receiving express permission from the military and accompanied by an army escort.
Israel Radio said army troops in the West Bank had “arrested a large number of residents as part of preventive action on the eve of Saturday’s meeting of the Palestine National Council in Algiers.”
Leaders of the 11-month Palestinian uprising against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have called for increased protests during the Palestinian leadership session.