The residents of Halhoul emerged from their homes today, 16 days after the Israeli army slapped a 23-hour-a-day curfew on their city on the West Bank of the Jordan River.

Some Palestinians said the curfew amounted to house arrest for the whole city as punishment for violence in the Arab city of 10,000 on March 15.

Israeli authorities said the curfew amounted to house arrest for the whole city as punishment for violence in the arab city of 10,000 on March 15.

Israeli authorities said two residents were shot dead by Israelis trapped in cars being stoned in protests against the Egypitain-israeli peace treaty negotiations. The Israelis were believed to be residents of the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arab at the Nearby city of Hebron.

Mayor Mohammed Hassan Mulhim of Halhoul said, "we were kept under curfew to give an example to the rest of the people."

Today was land day for Israeli Arabs, the third anniversary of 1976 protest over land expropriatione in which six persons were killed. Demonstrations were called in three predominantly Arab cities inside Israel, and Palestinian activitists had-asked that Arabs on the West Bank the Jordanian territory occupied by Israel since 1967-also take part.

Under the curfew, residents were required to stay in their homes except during one hour late each afternoon when they were allowed to go shopping and run errands.