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  • Josh Pollack
    Ha aretz Friday, July 27, 2001 Bomb hidden inside watermelon discovered on Jerusalem bus IDF tanks shell Palestinian posts day after murder of Israeli
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      Friday, July 27, 2001
      Bomb hidden inside watermelon discovered on Jerusalem bus
      IDF tanks shell Palestinian posts day after murder of Israeli teenager.
      By Amos Harel, Baruch Kra and Agencies


      A terror attack was foiled Friday afternoon in Jerusalem when an Egged bus
      driver discovered an explosive device packed inside a watermelon. The driver
      noticed the bomb during a routine check as the bus was parked outside the
      Malkha shopping center in Jerusalem. Sappers sent to the site successfully
      deactivated the bomb.

      Channel One reported that Jerusalem district police commander,
      Superintendent Miki Levy, said that police were on alert for a bomb attempt
      in the capital.

      "There were specific warnings about the possibility of placing an explosive
      device in Jerusalem," he said. "Therefore today we were deployed (in
      Jerusalem), espcially in areas with large concentrations of people."

      In a separate incident Friday afternoon, Palestinians fired on IDF troops at
      the Karni-Netzarim road in the Gaza Strip. There were no injuries and the
      soldiers returned fire. Palestinians also fired at an IDF patrol alongside
      the Alon Moreh settlement near Nablus in the West Bank. There were no
      injuries or damage. The soldiers returned fire.

      The IDF also imposed a curfew on two Palestinian villages near Nablus after
      clashes erupted between soldiers and Palestinians on a road leading to a
      Jewish settlement. The curfew prevented the villagers from leaving their
      and closed access roads to all traffic moving in or out.

      Early Friday, IDF tanks shelled Palestinian police posts in the West Bank,
      the morning after Palestinians shot and killed an Israeli teenager near his
      home in the settlement of Givat Ze'ev. Ronen Landau, 17, was hit several
      times by a sniper's bullets as he was traveling with his father on the road
      between Jerusalem and Modi'in on Thursday night.

      Landau was laid to rest Friday at 3 P.M. in Jerusalem.

      IDF tanks responded early Friday by shelling two Palestinian police posts in
      Surda, north of Ramallah, the Palestinian political and commercial center in
      the West Bank.

      Tanks then targeted three positions belonging to Force 17 - Palestinian
      Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's elite guard - in Beitunia, east of
      Ramallah, the IDF said. No serious injuries were reported.

      Witnesses in Ramallah said the boom of tanks shells echoed
      through the city until the early hours of the morning.
      Helicopters hovered overhead throughout the assault.

      The shooting on the road is the latest in a series of attacks on Israeli
      vehicles in the area. Two Israelis were killed and several wounded earlier
      this year in a spate of attacks on the Jerusalem-Modi'in road. IDF officials
      attributed this to members of Arafat's Fatah party and Force 17.

      Eyewitness Dekel Cohen told Israel Television that he heard gunshots
      Thrusday night and saw a car with Israeli licence plates swerve onto the
      sidewalk. "People took someone out and started to treat him. Then an
      ambulance came," he said. Cohen said he heard more gunshots a few seconds

      Minister without Portfolio Dan Naveh said he was driving on the same highway
      shortly before the shooting. "Here we have another murderous attack," he
      told Israel Television. "This shows [Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser]
      Arafat's true face as a terrorist."

      David Baker, a spokesman in the Prime Minister's Office, said the attack
      showed that the Palestinians have decided to continue with this trail of
      terror directed at Israel.

      After the shooting attack late Thursday, The Council of the Settlements in
      Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip (Yesha council) called for an end to the
      imaginary and bleeding cease-fire, a reference to a truce negotiated last
      month by CIA director George Tenet. The truce never fully took

      Earlier Thursday, three bombs exploded near Israeli vehicles in the northern
      part of the West Bank. No one was hurt. One bomb went off next to a bus
      carrying Israeli girls home from school, settlers said. The bus had armor
      plating, preventing injuries.

      Two other bombs were set off near IDF vehicles, the military said. The
      vehicles were damaged

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