- RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters)
- Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement on Saturday vowed
an "unimaginable" response if Israel harms its besieged leader.
- Fatah said in a statement it had ordered a "general
mobilization" of its followers and warned that Palestinians would
respond to any attempt to harm Arafat in a way that Israel's "government
of killers" could not imagine.
- "Given the severity of the situation which is aimed
directly at President Arafat, Fatah asserts a new general call-up among
its ranks and urges followers to stay on high alert," it said.
- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday called
Arafat "an enemy" and sent tanks and armored vehicles to Ramallah,
where they smashed their way into his compound for the first time since
an 18-month-old Palestinian uprising began.
- Israel says its operation is in retaliation for a series
of suicide attacks by Palestinian militants.
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