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Gestures to P.A. Resume

There have been no bus bombings in over a week, and the IDF removed the encirclements from around Bethlehem and Jericho this morning. 34 terrorist suspects were arrested, mostly in and near Shechem, last night.
First Publish: 8/27/2003, 11:06 AM

There have been no bus bombings in over a week, and the IDF removed the encirclements from around Bethlehem and Jericho this morning. In addition, the army is allowing goods to be transported around the Arab-populated cities in Judea and Samaria.

On the other hand, army forces arrested 34 wanted terrorist suspects in Yesha - mostly the Shechem area - last night. No discrimination was made based on party affiliation; they belong to Fatah-Tanzim, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Near a Jerusalem checkpoint on the way to Kever Rachel in Bethlehem late this morning, an Arab ran towards a group of soldiers in an attempt to stab them - and was shot to death... Armed Arabs fired on soldiers near Morag; no one was hurt, and IDF soldiers returned fire... Israeli targets came under attack in Kalkilye and near Rafiach last night, and an explosive device was discovered in Tul Karem.

A Kassam rocket was fired towards Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak, adjacent to southern Gaza, late this morning. No one was hurt. Kassam rockets in that area are a relatively new phenomenon, but ten have fallen in the past few days...

An IDF force raided the offices of the PFLP terrorist organization in Ramallah this afternoon, and arrested 15 suspects. Around the same time, army troops discovered and destroyed an explosives storehouse and lab in an apartment in Shechem.