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Palestinian Youths, Israeli Soldiers at Standoff Near Ramallah

Aired October 13, 2000 - 7:44 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, candidates, presidents, international leaders may be calling for an end to the violence in the Middle East, but clashes continuing now this morning in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

CNN's producer Sausan Ghosheh is with the demonstrators now.

Sausan, what happened?

SAUSAN GHOSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you see the demonstrators marched down here, the Israeli soldiers were already prepared for them, they were already standing behind their barriers. There was some stone throwing, they set some tires on fire. The Israelis responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

So far there are three wounded from the Palestinian side. Now, as we see, although there are hundreds of people here, only a handful are throwing stones, people are more at a stand-offish position, trying to see -- too assess the situation, if it's going to get more dangerous. They were worried to come down and see the Israelis prepared for them and ready for them.

LIN: All right. Sausen, can you tell whether the Israelis are prepared to use anything else other than rubber bullets in this confrontation?

GHOSHEH: It's hard for me to tell. I cannot assess that. But the fears here, on the Palestinian side, is that they will be, because they started right out with rubber bullets from the very beginning, and usually it takes a longer time to get things rolling than it did today.

The protesters issued a -- after seeing Israeli jeeps passing, and hit them and then the Israeli jeep will call the next one and the next one. Today they came, the Israeli jeeps were already standing there, ready and waiting, anticipating the protest and ready to respond immediately.

LIN: Just a few minutes ago, Sausan, you reported on our sister network, CNN International, that the Palestinian leadership has asked people to hold back on the violence here, but it doesn't appear that the Palestinians you are with our listening. Do you know why?

GHOSHEH: We were at the rally where Marwan Barghouti, who is the head of Fatah, the political party of Yasser Arafat here in Ramallah -- he is the head of Fatah in Ramallah -- called on the people not to go, telling them that it will only cost more Palestinian lives, but the Palestinians here are very angry -- they are very angry with what they saw as Israel's humiliation and they think the only way to get rid of the Israeli occupation is by resisting, and this is their form of resisting. They think that if they don't resist Israel will -- Israel only understands the language of force.

LIN: So what are they telling you is going to end the cycle of violence?

GHOSHEH: Israel -- they are calling this, now Intifadah of Independence. Only independence, according to them, will end this cycle.

LIN: All right. Thank you very much, Sausen Ghosheh at a standoff, now, at an Israeli checkpoint near the town of Ramallah.

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