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  • Josh Pollack
    2 West Bank blasts target settlers April 29, 2001 | JERUSALEM (AP) -- Two explosive devices targeting Jewish settlers were detonated Sunday in the West Bank,
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      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
      Shimon
      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
      weekend of
      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
      Prime
      Minister Ariel Sharon said the trip was intended to help find a way to stop
      the fighting.

      "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
      the students
      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
      Palestinian Authority
      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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