Settlers stake more claims

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Elkana, West Bank - Jewish settlers in the West Bank staked a claim to another hilltop near Elkana, north of Jerusalem - a move Palestinian officials say could torpedo the Israel-PLO peace deal. Police teargassed dozens of Arab protesters.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Foreign Minister, Amr Moussa, said Israel had brought relations with the Palestinians to crisis point by illegally expanding settlements. Palestinian policemen came to the rescue of a bus carrying Israeli schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip after it had been held up by armed Palestinians. Re uter