Gaza Strip: the incursion.
(AP - 3/3/2003): The violence came after Israel's new Cabinet ministers officially took office Sunday, bringing to power a hawkish government that appears set to continue using tough military measures to suppress the 29-month-old Palestinian uprising.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority asked Israel for travel permits for members of the PLO's Central Council and the Palestinian legislature -- the bodies that will determine the responsibilities of a Palestinian prime minister, the new position Yasser Arafat has reluctantly agreed to create.
Mideast mediators have pressured Arafat to share power to further a U.S.-backed plan for Palestinian statehood by 2005. The Central Council meets March 10 and the legislature March 12.
Israel is reviewing the names of the 124 Central Council members and 88 legislators and will deny travel permits to those directly involved in violence against Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman, Raanan Gissin, said Sunday.