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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Arafat's Fatah Kills Again

Terror Bomb Attack Kills One, Wounds 26, in Tel Aviv
JPost: Sgt. Maayan Naim, 19, from Bat Yam was killed and over 30 were wounded when a bomb exploded behind a bus stop near the old central bus station in South Tel-Aviv's Har Zion Boulevard Sunday morning.

The explosion occurred just after 7:00 a.m. and police are still unsure if the bomb was detonated by a terrorist at the scene, or by remote control. It is the first terror attack in Tel-Aviv in seven months.

Thirty-four people were wounded, including five who are listed in serious condition. All the wounded were evacuated to hospital within minutes of the attack, MDA reported. Twenty-two of the wounded were taken to Tel-Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, where three are listed in serious condition. One of them is a pregnant woman. The Sgt. Maayan Naum died shortly after being brought to the hospital, Ichilov's deputy director Avi Asner said. Most of the wounds were caused by metal shards packed into the explosives, Asner said.

Tel-Aviv mayor Ron Huldai said the bomb had been packed with metal bolts, and that several buildings in the immediate vicinity of the attack were damaged. Six Palestinians living illegaly in the country were arrested near the scene of the attack, Israel Radio reported. The six are undegoing interogation by the Shabak.

"This morning's murder is the first murder under the auspices of the International Court of Justice's ruling, " Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said as he opened Sunday's cabinet meeting. On Friday, the ICJ ruled that Israel's security fence is illegal and must be dismantled.

Yasser Arafat's Fatah Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades in Nablus claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said its Abu Hamdan and Nadr Abu Lil Battalion carried out the attack. The names are references to two Fatah terrorists killed by IDF forces two months ago. Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV reported the group as saying the attack was in response to "the crimes Israel is committing in Beit Hanun."

"This says that we can reach every place, even when there is a fence," an Al Aksa spokesman in the West Bank city of Nablus told the Associated Press.