- Title: WEST BANK: YASSER ARAFAT DISPELS RUMOURS OF ILL HEALTH, LATEST.
- Date: 30th September 2003
- Summary: (W7)RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2003) (REUTERS- ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/PAN: RAMALLAH HEADQUARTERS 0.11 2. MV/CU: PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT WALKING OUT OF BUILDING TO GREET REPORTERS; CLOSE OF PHOTOGRAPHER (2 SHOTS) 0.23 3. MCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) YASSER ARAFAT, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I thank my brothers in Jordan for sending the doctors when they found out I have an illness. Thank God the illness is over," 0.59 4. MV: MEN WATCHING ARAFAT 1.02 5. CU/ZOOM/GV: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ARAFAT, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "There is no problem regarding Abu Ala and the cabinet. Abu Ala is taking respectful steps and we will declare the cabinet within the next few days " 1.48 6. GV/PAN: ARAFAT WALKING MEN TO THEIR CAR 1.52 7. MV: ARAFAT KISSING MEN GOODBYE 1.56 (W7) NABLUS, WEST BANK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2003) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 8. TV: WIDE OF PALESTINIANS GATHERED AT RALLY FOR THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTIFADA, OR PALESTINIAN UPRISING 2.00 9. SCU: MAN SPEAKING TO CROWD ON MICROPHONE 2.09 10. GV: MEN CARRYING MODEL OF BUILDING 2.20 11. GV/LV: PALESTINIANS CLASHING WITH ISRAELI TROOPS IN NABLUS, YOUTHS THOWING STONE AT ISRAELI TANKS (3 SHOTS) 2.39 12. GV: WIDE OF APC 2.42 13. GV: ISRAELI JEEP AND TANK IN STREET 2.49 14. GV: TANK MOVING THROUGH STREET 2.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: RAMALLAH & NABLUS, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Reuters ID: LVA69X2L4Y0L8J7MDJKJQHIZVRPE
- Story Text: Arafat emerges from West Bank HQ to say he is well.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat emerged from his
battered West Bank headquarters looking well and cheerful
Monday (September 29) to dispel rumours that he was in poor
Palestinian doctors had said Arafat, 74, was suffering
from a mild bout of influenza but a medical team summoned
gave him a clean bill of health.
"I thank my brothers in Jordan for sending the doctors
when they found out I have an illness. Thank God the
over," Arafat told reporters outside his offices in the
city of Ramallah.
Arafat, who sometimes shakes in public but says little
about his state of health, has been confined to his badly
headquarters for most of the time since December 2001 by an
Israeli army blockade.
Israel accuses Arafat of inciting violence in the
three-year-old Palestinian uprising for statehood, a charge
Meanwhile in the West Bank city of Nablus, several
thousand Palestinians chanted slogans at a rally marking
anniversary of their uprising for statehood on Monday with
vows to fight on against Israel until they achieved victory.
It was one of few gatherings marking the anniversary of
the start of a conflict which shows no sign of ending and
more than 2,000 Palestinians and over 800 Israelis.
Peace prospects are slim, with an international peace
"road map" backed by the United States bogged down and each
saying the other should take the first steps to implement
Palestinians claim that the Intifada violence was
triggered by a visit to a Jerusalem holy shrine on
September 28, 2000, by
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, then leader of Israel's
opposition. Clashes erupted and the uprising followed.
The holy site is revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Muslims saw the visit as a provocation, but Sharon denies
uprising. Israel says the revolt was planned in advance.
Senior representatives of the "Quartet" of major powers
trying to the end the bloodshed -- the United States,
the European Union and the United Nations -- appealed to
both sides on Friday (September 25) to take steps to
implement the road map.
But shortly after they issued their appeal, a
Palestinian gunman shot dead an Israeli man and a baby at a
Jewish settlement in the West Bank on the eve of the Jewish
New Year, Friday (September 25), then the gunman was also
The gunman, Mahmoud Hamedan, was recently released from
a 14-month jail term in Israel. His uncle, Nassar Hamedan,
Reuters that Hamedan was from the militant Islamic Jihad
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