Sharon holds secret talks with Arafat aides
The Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, held secret talks with three senior members of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat's inner circle this week, a Palestinian official has said.
Mr. Sharon's adviser, Raanan Gissin, declined to comment.
The meeting came at a time of angry exchanges between the two sides, including Mr. Sharon's public expression of regret that he didn't order Mr. Arafat killed in 1982, while he was under Israeli siege in Beirut, and a Palestinian Cabinet Minister's retort that Mr. Sharon was the ``head of a gang'' trying to oust an elected leader.
In Gaza, Israeli helicopters fired at least four missiles at a Palestinian naval base in the village of Dir Ballah, Palestinian security officials said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
The building was evacuated before the missiles struck, the official said. There were no reports of injuries. AP, AFP
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