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  • Josh Pollack
    Ha aretz Monday, July 30, 2001 Three Border Police hurt in ambush; man stabbed in Jerusalem By Baruch Kra and Ha aretz Service
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      Monday, July 30, 2001
      Three Border Police hurt in ambush; man stabbed in Jerusalem
      By Baruch Kra and Ha'aretz Service


      Three Border Policemen were wounded Monday afternoon in a drive-by shooting
      west of the West Bank town of Tul Karm. Two are in serious condition and the
      third was lightly injured. The gunmen fled the scene.

      Earlier Monday, a man was stabbed near the Nablus Gate in the Old City of
      Jerusalem. Police and Magen David Adom workers attended the scene. Israel
      Radio said the man was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at
      Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital on Monday evening.

      A small bomb detonated Monday afternoon on Jerusalem's main thoroughfare -
      King George Street, near the busy Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. The explosion
      did not cause any injuries.

      Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was placed in a beer can
      on the shelf of a supermarket in the City Tower building (Migdal Ha'ir). On
      Friday police found an explosive device hidden in a watermelon on a
      Jerusalem bus near the Malkha shopping mall.

      Three further explosions Monday afternoon turned out to be innocent. Two of
      the blasts were caused by tires exploding in the heat, and a blast in the
      East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarah near the government offices
      several minutes after the bomb on King George Street turned out to be an
      aerosol can that exploded in a car, apparently also as a result of the heat.
      There were no injuries.

      Jerusalem police and Magen David Adom workers remained on high alert in
      Jerusalem after receiving warnings of Palestinian intentions to carry out
      additional terror attacks in the capital, after a car bomb failed to
      detonate properly on Sunday.

      Jerusalem district police commander, Superintendent Miki Levy, said Monday
      afternoon that the attacks were part of a concentrated effort to drag
      Jerusalem into the wave of violence.

      Security officials believe that the car bomb that exploded Sunday late
      afternoon in an underground parking lot in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood in
      north Jerusalem was intended to obliterate the apartment building above and
      to cause many injuries.

      There were no injuries reported as a result of the bomb which apparently
      failed to fully detonate.

      Police sappers are investigating the construction of the bomb and checking
      the amount of damage it was capable of causing.

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