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Israeli Aircraft Attack in West Bank

Friday, 18 January 2002 12:00 AM

Israel Radio quoted Palestinian sources as saying the building was badly damaged in the attack. Palestinian hospital officials in Tulkarm said two policemen were killed and 40 people were wounded.

Israel Radio also said army and tank units took up positions in Ramallah and near Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters.

According to Palestinian security sources, Israeli forces occupied the Ramallah homes of Tawfeek Terawi, the Palestinian Authority's intelligence chief, and Fatah movement leader Marwan Barghouti.

Witnesses said Israeli troops reoccupied the town of Bitunia, which is adjacent to Ramallah in the West Bank.

On Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer ordered the army to close off access to the Palestinian territories.

"Arafat is the key to everything that happens," said Ben-Eliezer. "When he wants, the attacks will continue and when he wants, the attacks will stop completely."

The operation was in response to an attack by a Palestinian gunman late Thursday in the city of Hadrea. Police say the gunman burst into a banquet hall and fired into a crowd of people participating in a Jewish coming of age ceremony (bat mitzvah).

Guests beat the attacker with chairs and bottles, forcing him outside the building, where police shot and killed him. A belt of explosives and a grenade were found tied to his body.

Barghouti accused Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of having a plan prepared in advance to destroy the Palestinian Authority.

"Regardless of yesterday's attack, the Israeli government has this plan to enter into all Palestinian-controlled areas, get rid of President Arafat and destroy the Palestinian Authority."

Leaflets distributed in several West Bank towns identified the attacker as Abdel Salam Sadek Hassuna, 26. The leaflets said the attack was to avenge the death of Raed Carmi, a Fatah Tanzim commander who was killed earlier this week. The Palestinians accused Israel of killing Carmi. Israeli security sources said Carmi was killed in "a work accident" while preparing or handling a bomb.

A radical group linked to Arafat's Fatah movement, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ben-Eliezer also asked the Bush administration to consider sending retired Gen. Anthony Zinni back to the region in an effort to mediate the latest crisis.

In Washington, a U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States "condemns in the strongest possible terms this horrific act of terrorism."

"There can be no tolerance for those who would act against the interests of the Palestinian people," said Philip T. Reeker, deputy spokesman for the State Department, in a statement. Reeker said Arafat "must take immediate action against those responsible for these acts and confront the infrastructure that perpetuates terror and violence."

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