The Mayor of the West Bank town of Ramallah, Mr Karim Khalef, has been taken to a hospital in Jordan for treatment to the leg injuries sustained in a car-bomb attack three weeks ago.
RAMALLAH: GV: Arabs line road at Allenby bridge, West Bank/ Jordan border CU PULL BACK TO GV: Allenby bridge road sign. (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO CU: Ambulance arriving at road carrying mayor of Ramallah, Karim. Khalef. Crowd applaud and mayor gives victory sign former ambulance.
BIRZEIT: CU PULL BACK TO GV: EXTERIOR: Birzeit University showing students leaving through exit.
SV: Students get on bus, which departs (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR: Hospital
SV EXTERIOR: Wounded student on stretcher in corridor of hospital after surgery
SV: Students give victory sign
Injured male student attended by doctors in bed
BATTIR, NEAR BETHLEHEM GV AND SV: Students gather round hearse to protest death of Arab girl shot in Bethlehem
SV: Body being taken from hearse and carried aloft as students chant (2 shots)
SV: Crowds continue to chant and wave victory salutes
GV: Mourners leave with wreaths
SV: Student procession with placards, banners
SV: Dead student being carried on bier
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Background: The Mayor of the West Bank town of Ramallah, Mr Karim Khalef, has been taken to a hospital in Jordan for treatment to the leg injuries sustained in a car-bomb attack three weeks ago. Mr Khalef left Ramallah after being given special permission from the West Bank's military governor to go to Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Arabs lined the roads of Ramallah, which lead over the Allenby Bridge into Jordan, to Cheer their mayor. mr Khalef has been regarded as a hero since a bomb blew off his leg outside his home.
Mr Khalef's ambulance arrived at a road-block set up to stop other vehicles from leaving Ramallah. As the ambulance drew up, crowds swept across the road hoping to catch a glimpse of the mayor. Some onlookers were rewarded for their long wait and buffeting in the crowd. Mr Khalef gave the victory salute from a window, although he was on a bed in the back of the ambulance.
Meanwhile, order was restored at Birzeit university, where five students were shot protesting against the death of an Arab girl shot by Israeli police in Bethlehem. A large group of students who had locked themselves on campus were forced to evacuate by Israeli police. They were escorted onto waiting buses.
As the five wounded students were taken to a nearby hospital -- some to emergency wounds for surgery -- an israeli spokesman claimed the soldiers had shott in self defence. But his statement was disputed. The students told their side of the story in the hospital foyer.
They said the five were shot after Israeli soldiers joined members of the Jewish Gush Emunim sect in opening fire on the students.
Elsewhere in Israel, more anger was shown at the funeral of the Palestinian girl shot in bethlehem. Israeli Police said twenty-two-year-old Taghred Batmeh was wounded when a policeman accidentally discharged a point three-oh machinegun which was mounted on the rear of the jeep. The girl and her brother had just stepped off a bus near the Bethlehem University campus on their way to classes. Police said fragments of stone had struck the girl in the back of the neck, but the city's mayor, Elias Freij, claimed there were three bullets wounds, and the shots had been deliberate.
Thousands turned up for the funeral in the West Bank township of Battir, close to Bethlehem.
Many in the big crowd were students, carrying symbolic wreaths and chanting slogans for the Palestinian cause.
As the body of the dead girl was carried in procession, police sealed off the entire township to prevent unrest from spreading.