Army Denies Palestinian Claim
It Has Stormed Arafat's Office
By Amos Harel and Amira Hass
Ha'aretz Daily Correspondents and Agencies

Palestinian security officials said Sunday morning that IDF troops had storming Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's three-story office building in Ramallah, and were exchanging fire with Palestinian guards a few meters from the Palestinian leader. The army, however, denied that troops had entered the building.
Palestinian sources said soldiers entered the dining room adjacent to Arafat's office and that several members of his presidential guard had been injured by shots fired by the troops.
Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo said soldiers had "started entering Arafat's offices and now they are exchanging fire with the president's bodyguards. There are very serious clashes and the president's guards are fighting against the invaders. There are several wounded."
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told CNN that IDF soldiers on the same level as the room to which Arafat has been confined. He repeated several times that hey hit by a stray bullet during the gunfire exchanges taking place in and around his offices.
Among the dozens of Palestinians holed up and besieged by the Israel Defense Forces in Arafat's offices are a number of senior PA members, together with a number of wanted men arrested by the PA in the past, including the murderers of Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, who was gunned down by the PFLP outside his hotel room in Jerusalem last October.
Palestinian sources said Saturday night that Arafat had received an ultimatum from Israel that if he did not hand over individuals in the building who were on Israel's wanted list, IDF soldiers would enter the building to capture the men themselves. Israel Radio quoted security sources Saturday saying that the PA leader had not been given any ultimatum but had been presented with a demand by Israel for the wanted men to be handed over.
Military sources told Ha'aretz that Arafat's personal bureau, on the second floor of the building that houses

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