- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2002

HERZLIYA, Israel A Palestinian bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just north of Tel Aviv yesterday, killing one Israeli teen-ager and wounding eight others in one in a series of violent incidents that left five Palestinians dead and four other Israelis wounded.

The bomber blew himself up inside a small, downtown restaurant in the city of Herzliya at 7:50 p.m., witnesses and rescue workers said. One of the eight injured was hurt seriously.

David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, denounced the attack, saying, "The Herzliya terror attack is another example of the Palestinians' intention to commit murder for the sake of murder."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Palestinian leadership denounced the attack because "it gives Israel a reason to attack the Palestinian people."

Later yesterday, a 9-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and another 13-year-old boy was injured when Israeli soldiers shot at them near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security and hospital officials said. The army said troops responded to intense firing at an army outpost in the area.

Earlier, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinians killed two fellow Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. One body was dragged to the place where Marwan Zalloum, local leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade militia, was killed in an April 22 Israeli helicopter strike on his car.

The burned-out hulk of the car was still there, a grisly memorial to the militia leader blamed by Israel for directing and carrying out many attacks. The Al Aqsa group claimed responsibility for killing the suspected collaborators, saying in a leaflet that the pair helped Israel spot Zalloum.

The suspected collaborators were the latest of at least 42 killed by Palestinians during more than 20 months of fighting with Israel.

Israeli forces briefly entered the West Bank towns of Tulkarm and Bethlehem yesterday, looking for suspects.

Meanwhile, three Israeli teen-agers were wounded, one seriously, when a bomb exploded near Hebron after they picked cherries in a field. The 15-year-olds, from a Jewish settlement, were helping with the harvest, as many Israeli teen-agers do in the summer. No one claimed responsibility, but Palestinians have carried out dozens of attacks in the area.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli policeman at Herod's Gate, an entrance to the Old City.

Two Palestinians also were killed in the Gaza Strip yesterday. One was shot by Israeli soldiers after he opened fire on a civilian vehicle, the military said.

Soldiers also found the body of a Palestinian near the fence between Gaza and Israel. He was killed by a bomb that detonated while he was planting it, the military said.

In Ramallah, Israeli tanks encircled Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's battered headquarters. Israeli commanders said their forces did not enter the compound. Mr. Arafat was inside and unharmed, Palestinian officials said, as soldiers built barricades from rubble and dirt on the roads outside.

Palestinian officials also said Israeli troops detained Abdel Rahim Maluh, the second-in-command of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the radical Palestinian organization that claimed responsibility for assassinating an Israeli Cabinet minister in October.

The Israeli military said soldiers arrested 30 Palestinians in Ramallah and found an explosives lab run by Force 17, an elite Palestinian police unit.

Soldiers blew or ripped the doors off several shops, including one that sells lingerie, during searches. It was not known what they found in the lingerie shop.


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