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11/11/04

Israel Seals West Bank And Gaza Strip Following Arafat's Death

 Israeli forces have sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip following the death of Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat.

Israeli troops are also increasing security around Jewish settlements. There are fears Arafat's death could spark days of rioting by grieving or angry Palestinians.

Israeli army officials say they are also deploying troops "to allow a dignified funeral ceremony for chairman Arafat."

The military says it will restrict access to his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It says it will only allow Palestinians with the necessary permits to attend.

Officials also say the military will allow symbolic funeral processions to be held in towns and refugee camps across the West Bank and Gaza.

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