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    On the West Bank, a further 300 Palestinian schoolgirls were taken to hospital on April 4 suffering from a mystery illness, taking the total to 800 of those who complained of the illness in the past few days.

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    1. SV & GV Girls carried out of ambulance to hospital (4 shots) 0.08
    2. SVs Girls in hospital beds (3 shots) 0.15
    3. SCU Arab girl speaks (SOT) 0.18
    4. SCU Arab girl speaks (SOT) 0.30
    5. SV Doctor speaks (SOT) 0.38
    6. SV Official speaks (SOT) 0.46
    7. Girl speaks (ARABIC SOT) 0.50
    8. SCU Israeli official speaks (SOT) 1.05
    9. GV Mothers demonstrate outside hospital 1.14
    10. SV Arab official speaks (SOT) 1.27
    11. SVs Girls lie in bed, holding throats (3 shots) 1.38
    12. SV Hatem Huseini, deputy permanent PLO observer speaking (SOT) 2.19
    GIRL (SEQ. 3): "We are smelling very strange smell."
    GIRL (SEQ. 4): "....like smell of eggs. Then I get out of school and then along the street, I fall down and become drowsy."
    DOCTOR (SEQUENCE 5): "The gas poisoning we find in analyse when we make analysis for phosphor, we find phosphor."
    OFFICIAL: (SEQUENCE 6): "The smell has affect as by some nausea even and when I had the doctor with me some giddiness."
    ISRAELI OFFICIAL (SEQ. 8): "When you fell there is something there, people start talking about it and then someone feels it or imagines it. This just can become contagious like any infectious disease."
    ARAB LEADER (SEQ. 10): "Who has the benefit of making disturbance in the area. Who makes pressure on the Arabic existence here?"
    QUESTION: "The Israelis?"
    ARAB LEADER: "The settlers."
    HUSEINI: (SEQUENCE 12): "It is the policy of genocide and an annihilation of the Palestine people. It is unbelievable and I cannot describe it in words. I can only just stress again as I have done before that really the solution is to end Israeli military occupation of the occupied territories and leave them alone to have some kind of safety and some kind of security in a state of their own where they can live and be free and end this horrible conflict and war and death."

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    Background: WEST BANK

    On the West Bank, a further 300 Palestinian schoolgirls were taken to hospital on April 4 suffering from a mystery illness, taking the total to 800 of those who complained of the illness in the past few days. Most were released after a few hours observation. Some of the girls said they detected a strange smell and then felt drowsy. One doctor said they conducted tests for phosphor, which proved positive. An Israeli official said that the illness could be attributed to the fact that when some people complained of detecting something in the air, this affected the others around them, and acted just like any other contagious disease. There had been conflicting claims about the origin of the mystery illness, and Israeli's director-general of the Health Ministry, Mr Baruch Modan, said he had no evidence to support Palestinian claims of mass poisoning. One Arab spokesman said that the Israelis were trying to find other ways of putting pressure on his people on the West Bank. Medical specialists from the United States and the World Health Organisation arrived to examine the victims, who the Israeli authorities said were inspired by politically motivated mass hysteria, and the Palestinians said were suffering from poisoning. The doctors reserved their judgements until they had examined all those who had suffered from the illness. The Security Council of the United Nations asked the General Secretary, Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar, to investigate the outbreak. At a news conference at the United Nations, the deputy permanent Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) observer, Hatem Huseini said the illness was indicative of the policies of the Israelis towards the Palestinians. He said the only solution to the West Bank problems was an independent state for his people.


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