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Arafat Fortifies Compound Fearing Attack

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat fortified his headquarters with dozens of rusty, wrecked cars and blue barrels of concrete Thursday, fearing an imminent Israeli attack. Arafat told visitors he would not go down without a fight, but his aides acknowledged that the obstacles placed around the compound, meant to slow down tanks, would not hold back Israel’s powerful military for long. “I am going to enter this battle with my gun by my side,” a visitor quoted Arafat as saying Thursday. “I will resist until I become a martyr.” Israeli officials said there was no immediate plan to raid Arafat’s compound. “We are not going to carry out any operation, but they are hysterical,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s spokesman, Raanan Gissin, said of Arafat and his aides. Full Story

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