Monday 19 November 2018

Woman suicide bomber kills Israeli and injures 140

Eric Silver in Jerusalem

A SUICIDE bomber struck in the heart of Jewish West Jerusalem shortly after noon yesterday less than 24 hours after Yasser Arafat's ministers called on all Palestinian organisations to stop targeting Israeli civilians. And for the first time in the history of Palestinian suicide attacks, Israelis were killed and maimed by a woman "martyr".

A SUICIDE bomber struck in the heart of Jewish West Jerusalem shortly after noon yesterday less than 24 hours after Yasser Arafat's ministers called on all Palestinian organisations to stop targeting Israeli civilians.

And for the first time in the history of Palestinian suicide attacks, Israelis were killed and maimed by a woman "martyr".

Palestinian sources identified her as Shaanaz al Amouri, a 20-year-old student at Nablus university on the West Bank. She killed herself and an elderly male passer-by in busy Jaffa Road, 30 yards from where a Palestinian gunman shot dead two Israeli women last Tuesday.

About 140 others including an American survivor of the World Trade Centre disaster were treated in Jerusalem hospitals. Many were in a state of shock.

The Jerusalem police chief, Commander Mickey Levy, suffered a heart attack while supervising the rescue operation and was in intensive care last night.

The explosion gave another twist to the mutual recrimination between Israeli and Palestinian spokesmen.

Although the Palestinian Authority was quick to condemn the bombing, Israel again laid the blame on Mr Arafat.

"Not only is he not doing anything to prevent terrorism," said Daniel Seaman, a government spokesman, "all his actions are encouraging terrorism." Asked whether Israel would retaliate, Mr Seaman said it was not a matter of retaliation but of a continuing battle against Palestinian terrorism.

"Well do everything necessary," he added, "to prevent the attacks and protect Israeli lives."

(Independent News Service)

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