Skip to comments.Suicide bomber attack at Hebrew University cafateria
Posted on 07/31/2002 3:51:52 AM PDT by Bommer
13:49 Jul-31-02, 22 Av 5762
EMS: Over 30 Wounded in Terror Attack
(IsraelNN.com) Emergency medical service officials are reporting over thirty persons have been wounded in the terrorist bomb attack in the Hebrew University cafeteria, Mt. Scopus campus in Jerusalem.
The Israeli rescue service said an initial estimate put the number of wounded at more than 30.
They are sick like that...
These little bombings cannot cause Israel's destruction, although, they do cause a lot of grief...
I will pray for the families...
These Reuters fellas never stop cracking me up
Suicide Bomber Attack in Jerusalem By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP)--A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday at a central Jerusalem fast-food stand popular with police, wounding seven Israelis. In the West Bank, gunmen killed two Israeli settlers who had entered a Palestinian village. It was the first suicide bombing in Jerusalem since a pair of attacks June 18-19 killed 26 Israelis and prompted Israel to reoccupy seven of eight major Palestinian towns in the West Bank. Government spokesman Daniel Seaman identified the bomber as a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The bomber entered the Yemenite Felafel Stand, located on a busy downtown street, and detonated the explosives, apparently prematurely, said Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy. The blast occurred in one of the most heavily guarded areas of downtown Jerusalem, on Hanevi'im street, or Prophet street. There have been at least eight bombing and shooting attacks in the area in the past 22 months of fighting. Inside the stand, which sells typical Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties, blood splattered the cash register and counter, and the remains of the bomber were strewn about the ground. ``There was a big bomb, and some of the fragments hit my window and I realized immediately it was a suicide bombing,'' said Israel Adliarstein, who works across the street from the stand. ``I saw the owner (of the felafel stand) come out with his son and daughter,'' he said. ``They were in shock but they didn't look badly injured.'' Glass shards littered the street in front of the stand, which is popular with Jerusalem police, whose headquarters is nearby. Israel Radio said it appeared the bomber drew the attention of police officers at the stand and that he set off the explosion prematurely. Police spokesman Kobi Zrihen said seven people were injured, one of them moderately and four slightly. Two others were treated for shock. An official in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, David Baker, condemned the bombing. ``Palestinian terror is aiming to instill a perpetual state of fear in Israelis,'' he said. ``This attack is proof that the Palestinian Authority continues to believe that terror will further its goals and this is mistaken.'' Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin said that Israeli plans to ease restrictions on Palestinians would be delayed if attacks continued. ``These are just major setbacks which cause more suffering and more tragedy to the Palestinian people,'' he said. Israel has blamed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for attacks on its civilians, saying the Palestinian Authority has done nothing to stop militant groups. The Palestinians argue that Israel's military assaults on its cities and security forces have left them with little ability to prevent attacks. In the West Bank, masked Palestinian gunmen hiding behind olive trees shot and killed two Israeli settlers who had gone to a Palestinian village for business, residents and military sources said. Settlers and residents said the two Israelis, from the Jewish settlement of Tapuach, had gone to the village of Jammaien, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, to sell fuel. The area is under Israeli security control. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, linked to Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack. The army confirmed the deaths and said troops were searching the area for the gunmen. The violence occurred as Palestinians in Nablus defied the Israeli-imposed army curfew for the third day in a row Tuesday, restoring a semblance of normal life in the city after more than a month of military occupation. And it came amid efforts by Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to resume security talks with the Palestinians to get them to take over security in Gaza and areas of the West Bank, allowing Israeli troops to withdraw, his spokesman, Yarden Vatikai, said Tuesday. Palestinian Interior Minister Abdel Razek Yehiyeh, who is responsible for the security services, said ``serious preparations'' were under way for a meeting but that a date hadn't been set. Vatikai said Israel had not approached Yehiyeh yet, but that talks could come within days. Yehiyeh, meanwhile, denied reports that he had squabbled Monday with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat over a reshuffling in the police forces. An official in Arafat's office had said the two clashed over Yehiyeh's order to appoint a police commander and dismiss seven officers. The official said Yehiyeh had canceled a trip to the United States as a result. ``Absolutely it's not true that there are any differences or problems between me and President Arafat concerning the decision of reshuffling commanders in the police,'' Yehiyeh told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said he would travel to Washington with the Palestinian delegation as previously planned. Also Tuesday, a Palestinian entered a house in the Jewish settlement of Itamar near Nablus and stabbed a settler and his wife, seriously wounding them, the rescue service spokesman and Israel Radio said. Security guards at the settlement killed the infiltrator. And in the West Bank town of Jenin, gunmen opened fire on a car, seriously injuring the brother of a well-known Hamas activist, Palestinians said. Hamas accused Israel of staging the drive-by shooting and said it was part of an effort to punish families of militants. The army said it didn't know of the incident. In Nablus, residents milled about markets and moved freely in the center of the city on Tuesday, the third day of the largest demonstration yet against the Israeli curfew confining residents to their homes. Israeli tanks ringing the city moved around, but took no action against residents--a contrast to tough reactions to earlier violations, when they even opened fire on people on the streets because of misunderstandings over the curfew's duration. ``There is a curfew and we are aware of the violations,'' military spokesman Lt. Col. Olivier Rafowicz said of the situation in Nablus. ``For the moment, we are not responding.'' Israel clamped curfews on the seven Palestinian towns and cities it occupied last month after back-to-back suicide bomb attacks killed 26 Israelis in Jerusalem. The Israelis said the harsh measure of ordering more than 700,000 people to stay inside their homes was necessary to prevent more attacks. AP-NY-07-30-02 1121EDT Copyright 2002, The Associated Press. 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Another day, another suicide bombing.
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