Bombs in the West Bank
- 2 West Bank blasts target settlers
April 29, 2001 | JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two explosive devices targeting Jewish
settlers were detonated Sunday in the West Bank, as Israeli Foreign Minister
Peres prepared to travel to Egypt and Jordan to discuss a plan aimed at
ending the ongoing violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
One device went off next to a school bus and the other exploded inside a
Jewish settlement. There were no injuries in the blasts, which followed a
escalation in Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Peres was scheduled to travel to Cairo and Amman to discuss an Arab plan to
end seven months of violence that has killed more than 490 people. Israeli
Minister Ariel Sharon said the trip was intended to help find a way to stop
"The foreign minister's trip is to concentrate on reducing the tensions and
ending the terror and violence," Sharon said in comments broadcast on
Israel's army radio.
The army said what appeared to have been a car bomb was detonated near a
school bus moving along a road in the northern West Bank. Earlier Sunday an
explosive device went off near two homes in the Jewish settlement of Shaari
Tikva, west of the Palestinian town of Nablus.
"We had just left our settlement and heard on the radio about the attack on
Shaari Tikva and then heard a huge explosion," said Elad Hazan, 18, one of
on the armored school bus.
On Saturday an Israeli was killed in a shooting attack in northern Israel
that police said was politically motivated, and a Palestinian activist was
killed by Israeli army
fire in the West Bank.
Also Saturday, five Israeli youths were injured in a mortar shell attack on
a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. Israel accusing Yasser Arafat's
of responsibility and vowed retaliation.
Israel fired tank shells Saturday night at Palestinian police positions at
two points in the Gaza Strip and at a police office in the Beitunia area of
the West Bank,
Palestinian security officials said. They said two Palestinians were wounded
-- one seriously and one moderately -- in one of the attacks, near Khan
Yunis in Gaza.
The Israeli army said there were exchanges of fire at each point but denied
it any fired tank shells.
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