Israeli troops shot and wounded more than 50 Palestinians with live ammunition and rubber bullets on Thursday in seven hours of clashes fueled by army efforts to set up a new lookout post in a Gaza Strip refugee camp.
The incident reflected the continuing tension in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over the Temple Mount killings on Oct. 8.Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir appealed again Thursday to the United States and other nations to put the Temple Mount incident behind them and refocus their attention on the Persian Gulf crisis.
He defended Israel's rejection of a U.N. fact-finding team, saying it challenged Israel's control of Jerusalem. Israel seized east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war.
However, Israel said Thursday it would try to help the U.N. chief write his report but stuck to its refusal to receive a visiting U.N. team of investigators.
Israeli Ambassador Johanan Bein, after meeting with Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, said, "we agreed that we'll cooperate in trying to find ways . . . to facilitate the secretary-general to write his report, and present it."
Officials said later that Israel would send Deputy Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to New York next week with a copy of Israel's official inquest into the shootings.
At least 19 Palestinians were killed when Israeli security forces fired on protesters throwing rocks down on Jews praying at the Western Wall.