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Terrorism Continues Unabated; PM´s Announcement

Palestinian terrorists perpetrated three attacks in Gaza this morning... Prime Minister Sharon says Israel will continue fighting terrorism "until we see that there is someone on the other side who can do this."
First Publish: 5/19/2003, 1:03 PM

Palestinian terrorists perpetrated three attacks in Gaza this morning. In the first attack, a suicide bicyclist sidled up to an IDF jeep near Kfar Darom and blew himself up; three soldiers were lightly wounded and transported to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva for treatment. Shortly afterwards, gunfire was directed at a Gaza Coast Regional Council employee near the community of Rafiach Yam; he was not hurt. Late this morning, terrorists fired at a bus on the Karni-Netzarim route; here, too, no one was hurt, but the bus sustained damage.

Two of the victims of yesterday's bus bombing in Jerusalem will be buried today. Nelly Perov, 55, will be buried in Givat Sha'ul at 4 PM, while the funeral Olga Brenner, 52, has not yet been precisely set. Her daughter Svetlana was seriously wounded in the attack, as were two other people. Seven people in total are still hospitalized.

Prime Minister Sharon's press advisor read an announcement last night, stating, "The objective of Palestinian terror, as perpetrated by all of the organizations operating out of the Palestinian Authority areas and from abroad, is to continue to murder civilians, women, children, babies and the elderly - simply because they are Jews and Israelis. … The State of Israel will continue to fight terror everywhere, at all times, and in every way possible... until we see that there is someone on the other side who can do this… Israel is a peace-seeking country. Its hand has always been, and will always be, extended in peace to those who are willing, and mainly to those who can accept it…"

All the gestures and restriction-removals decided upon by the government on behalf of the Arab population of the PA have been canceled, in light of the recent wave of terrorism. "Every gesture has a price that can be measure in security," explained Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim (Likud). Yesha is now under a total closure, and Arab workers from Yesha are not allowed to work in pre-1967 Israel.

Israeli security forces arrested 14 wanted terrorists and accomplices throughout Yesha last night, and destroyed the home of the terrorist who blew himself up in Hevron two days ago, murdering Gadi and Dina Levy.

Hamas terrorists fired two Kassam rockets towards Sderot today, and two young people were treated for shock. The IDF continues its offensive in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, from where most of the rockets are fired. The forces razed two terrorist homes.

On the northern front, Hizbullah fired anti-aircraft shells towards Israel. Shrapnel and an unexploded shell fell in Kiryat Shmonah; no one was hurt.