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DATE=1/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-243798 TITLE=IRAQ CLASH (L) BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S OFFICIALS SAY U-S WARPLANES HAVE FIRED ON IRAQI PLANES IN THE SO-CALLED NO-FLY ZONE OVER SOUTHERN IRAQ, AND ONE OF THE IRAQI PLANES MAY HAVE CRASHED. CORRESPONDENT SCOTT BOBB REPORTS FROM OUR MIDDLE EAST BUREAU IN CAIRO THAT THE REPORTED INCIDENT COMES AS PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN IS URGING ARABS TO RISE UP AGAINST LEADERS WHO SUPPORT WESTERN POWERS. TEXT: THE IRAQI LEADER (TUESDAY) CALLED ON ARABS TO REVOLT AGAINST FOREIGN POWERS, AND WHAT HE CALLED THOSE WHO BOAST OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. IN A RECORDED MESSAGE BROADCAST ON THE REGIONAL, "AL-JAZEERA" TELEVISION STATION (LATE TUESDAY), PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN SAID WESTERN SOLDIERS ARE IN THE LAND OF THE MUSLIM HOLY SITES, A REFERENCE TO MECCA AND MEDINA IN SAUDI ARABIA. HE CALLED AL-QODS A HOSTAGE -- A REFERENCE TO JERUSALEM'S CONTROL BY ISRAEL. PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN EARLIER THIS WEEK PLEDGED TO CONTINUE TO DEFY THE NO-FLY ZONES, WHICH WERE IMPOSED BY WESTERN POWERS AFTER THE GULF WAR TO PROTECT DISSIDENT POPULATIONS FROM IRAQI AIR ATTACKS. U-S PLANES FIRED MISSILES TWICE THIS PAST WEEK AT IRAQI GROUND FORCES, AFTER COMING UNDER FIRE FROM IRAQI AIR DEFENSES. BUT TUESDAY'S INCIDENT WAS THE FIRST CLASH WITH IRAQI WARPLANES SINCE 1992. IRAQI DEFIANCE OF THE WESTERN POWERS HAS INCREASED SINCE U-S AND BRITISH FORCES STAGED FOUR-NIGHTS OF AIR STRIKES AGAINST IRAQ LAST MONTH. THE AIR STRIKES BROUGHT WIDESPREAD INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM AND POPULAR DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE ARAB WORLD. SINCE THEN THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED TO PRESS ARAB GOVERNMENTS TO UNITE BEHIND A CALL TO END ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ AND NO-FLY ZONE PATROLS, WHICH IT SAYS ARE A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. ARAB GOVERNMENTS HAVE CRITICIZED THE AIR STRIKES AND EXPRESSED SYMPATHY FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE, BUT SOME HAVE BLAMED THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT FOR THE SITUATION, LEADING TO A WAR OF WORDS IN THE REGIONAL NEWS MEDIA. IRAQ ALSO SOUGHT AN URGENT MEETING OF ARAB LEAGUE FOREIGN MINISTERS FOLLOWING THE AIR STRIKES, BUT BECAME ANGRY WHEN SOME ARAB GOVERNMENTS ASKED THAT IT BE POSTPONED. IRAQI OFFICIALS CRITICIZED A MEETING OF FIVE FOREIGN MINISTERS IN EGYPT THIS PAST WEEKEND, SAYING THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE ANY MEETING OUTSIDE THE ARAB LEAGUE. EGYPT'S FOREIGN MINISTER RESPONDED BY SAYING THE MEETING WAS TO PREPARE FOR THE FOREIGN MINISTERS CONFERENCE, WHICH HE SAID WOULD BE HELD AS PLANNED LATER THIS MONTH. (SIGNED) NEB/SB/RAE/GE 05-Jan-99 2:45 PM EST (1945 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .