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Arab Attacks Continue, Weapons Cache Discovered

A small bomb attached to a car exploded in Jerusalem this morning, but failed to injure anyone. Secuity forces do not yet know the motive for the attack.
First Publish: 3/14/2005, 6:52 PM / Last Update: 3/14/2005, 3:29 PM

The bomb went off before sunrise in the Ramot neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, damaging three other cars nearby. Ramot is adjacent to several of the capital's Arab neighborhoods, but police are still exploring the possibility that the attack may have been criminally motivated.

Also this morning, IDF troops caught three PA Arabs near Kibbutz Kfar Aza trying to break through the fence between Gaza and pre-1967 Israel. The IDF troops opened fire when the infiltrators tried to run, wounding one of them. The wounded man was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon to be treated before questioning, but the two other men escaped into PA-controlled territory.

Arabs opened fire at an IDF vehicle near the Gush Katif town of N’vei Dekalim today. No damage or injuries were reported.

Last night, two wanted terrorists were arrested in Hevron and Silwad, near Ramallah. Hatam Salim, arrested in Hevron, was found to have a private arsenal hidden in his home. The weapons cache included pipe bombs, pistol cartridges, night vision equipment and bullets for M-16, Kalashnikov, and Uzi machine guns.

Monday, Arabs from the Arab village of Marda threw rocks at passing Jewish vehicles traveling toward the city of Ariel on the Trans-Samaria highway. Arabs also threw a firebomb at an IDF patrol between the towns of Talmon and Dolev in the eastern Binyamin region. No injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

The head of military intelligence said today that terrorists have used the last two months of relative quiet to gather weapons that could cause the worst terror attacks Israel ever has known.

"Israel is paying a heavy price to give Abu Mazen a chance," said Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash to questioners on an Israeli Arab web site. He added that terrorists can blow up the negotiations in less than 48 hours. Farkash revealed that terrorists have exploited the cease-fire announced by the Palestinian Authority to dig tunnels rigged with explosives and build rockets in Samaria.