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No End in Sight to Violence in Jerusalem

Aired October 6, 2000 - 2:20 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A week of intense and deadly gun battles ends with more violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. Police moved in on protesters at a holy site in Jerusalem and six more protesters have been shot dead in the West Bank in Gaza.

The latest on all this continuing cycle of violence from CNN's Mike Hanna, who joins us live from Jerusalem -- Mike.

MIKE HANNA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, once again violence through the West Bank in the Gaza Strip and in the old city of Jerusalem.

In the old city, the violence followed prayers held within the Haram al-Sharif compound, a place referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount. The faithful, the Muslim faithful, leaving the compound, confronted Israeli security forces. The security forces opened fire, the Palestinians retaliated with stones.

There was an ongoing confrontation. At one stage, an Israeli police station was attacked by the demonstrators, a number of the police officers inside injured. But large numbers of Palestinians wounded, too, and at least one dead. Among the wounded, a 12-year-old boy reported to be in a critical condition.

There were outbreaks of violence, as well, in the West Bank -- as well, in the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, too, a number of fatalities -- at least three people reported to be killed here in the course of the day. The violence, once again, near the Israeli, the Jewish enclave of Netzarim that is within Palestinian territory.

Palestinian and Israeli commanders have been meeting in the past 24 hours in a bid to level the intensity of the conflict on the ground. At one stage in the course of yesterday, it did appear that this was succeeding. Israeli tanks had been withdrawn from towns in the West Bank areas, the sides had kept away; according to the security deal, had reduced the level of gunfire around Jewish enclaves within Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

However, in the course of this day, made quite clear that there will be no cessation of hostilities quickly. This was declared to be a day of rage by Palestinian militants; and, made clearly evident on this particular day, mounting Palestinian anger and ongoing retaliation by armed Israeli forces -- Lou.

WATERS: CNN's Mike Hanna in Jerusalem today.

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