TERRORIST KILLS ONE, WOUNDS 16 IN KFAR SAVA ATTACK
SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS BUS IN JERUSALEM
terrorism: Photo: Reuters
A Palestinian child burns the American flag today in Gaza
17.......It's called madness. On a cool, sunny afternoon in the
sleepy Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Sava, a young Arab takes out an automatic
pistol and begins to spray bullets in every direction. Knowing that
Israeli security is very tight and the odds of making it into Tel
Aviv are slim, the Islamic madman kills one teenage girl and wounds
over 16 pedestrians a few miles north of Tel Aviv's skyscrappers.
The attack took place not far from the Ra'anana junction (Summit
Ra'anana) near the Kfar Sava courthouse and police station. Bullets
penetrating the metal and glass of nearby stores and outdoor cafes.
1 Dead, 16 wounded in a terror attack on shops, restaurants
and civilians eating lunch. Kfar Sava is inside the pre-1967 borders
after the shooting began, the crackeling of more bullets were heard,
this time coming from alert Israeli policemen and security guards
from the court house nearby. As the terrorist lay motionless in
a pool of dead, the crys and screams of those wounded filled the
air. Magen David Adom ambuances rushed to the scene. They were met
by police, soldiers, anti-terrorist units and other medical personnel.
Israeli photographers were also in abundance, trying to capture
that one frame that they could see for 200 dollars. And then the
religous men arrived in their black suits, white aprons and yellow
security vests. There job was to pick up the flesh, body parts and
remove the blood from the streets and sidewalks.
The intersection of "Sheshet Hayamim Avenue" and Weizmann
Street became just another blurred and bloody reminder of how international
terrorism could strech from New York to Pakistan to Washington to
the residential streets of the only democracy in the Middle-East.
Hours before this attack took place, Islamic Arab terrorists threw
grenades into a church in Pakistan, killing many at Sunday prayer,
including an American mother and daughter.
No faxes have
arrived in any of the many news bureaus in Jerusalem claiming responsibility.
Perhaps these terrorists were now hiding from the wrath of the United
States, as US envoy Anthony Zinni was trying to make peace. And
as US Vice-President Dick Cheney was only hours away from arriving
in the Holy Land.
Israeli security forces identified the terrorist as a 25-year-old
man who is a member in the Fatah movement headed by Yasser Arafat.
I heard shots and then I went forward, and I saw a guard of some
sort chasing the terrorist, who had a pistol," a woman told
Israeli Channel Two television from Kfar Saba. "He
didn't manage to get him in time, and the terrorist went into a
shop and opened fire and I saw another two people fall."
perform a search in Kfar Sava
for terrorists in buildings adjacent to the terror attack Photo:
One of the pedestrians
is in very critical condition and at least five others sustained
moderate wounds, Israel Radio reported. The terror victims were
rushed to the city's nearby Meir Hospital. Two
others, suffering from trauma, were taken to Beilinson Hospital
in Petah Tikva.
Emergency telephone hot lines have been
coordinated for those seeking information on those wounded
in the attack:
in Kfar Saba: 125-5199
Hospital in Petah Tikva: 125-5134.
callers must first dial 972 before the above numbers.
A short while
later in Jerusalem, an Arab suicide bomber blew himself up at a
busy intersection in a Jewish neighbourhood in the eastern part
of the city.
Mickey Levy said the bomber rushed a bus at the intersection and
set off the explosives. The bus was damaged and several people suffered
cuts from flying glass, he said. The bus was splattered with the
flesh and blood of the attacker.
The terror attack took place near the No. 22 bus as it traveled
northward under a bridge just past a bus stop at the intersection.
25 passengers sustained minor wounds in the attack, according to
Magen David Adom spokesmen.
were rushed to Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem, and four
others were transferred to Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah today called on Palestinians to continue
their acts of terrorism, and create "rivers of blood,"
saying this is a historic opportunity to bring down Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, Israel Radio reported. Nasrallah also demanded that
Arab countries provide the Palestinians with more weapons, and said
they should reject the Saudi peace plan. He added that US Vice President
Dick Cheney should go back to his country.
``It is critical
that the Palestinian Authority take responsibility and act against
terror,'' Zinni said in response to the two attacks. ``Now is the
time to get to a cease-fire.''
has offered a cease-fire, pulled back most of its forces in good
faith, and this seems to be the answer Israel is receiving,'' said
Dore Gold, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.