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Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills Israeli grandmother and infant granddaughter
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that another Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber has blown himself in front of a coffee shop, this time killing two and injuring over 50.
"A grandmother and her 18-month-old granddaughter were killed Monday evening, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Bravisimo cafe, at a commercial center in Petah Tikva.
Last night Israeli TV (Channel 1) reported that the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's terrorist groups, such as the Al-Aqsa Martyr's brigade, are sending in a new wave of homicide/suicide bombers. Their goal is to prove that Operation Defensive Shield did not work, and that Israel should give up fighting Palestinian terrorism.
Israli TV also mentioned that over 90% of all Palestinian homicide/suicide attacks are being stopped, and it is much harder for these murderers to execute their plans of destruction. The main leaders of the above terrorist groups have been arrested and this indicates that Operation Defensive Shield is working.
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Two people killed in Petah Tikva suicide attack
70-year-old grandmother and her 18-month-old granddaughter were killed Monday evening, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Bravisimo cafe, at a commercial center in Petah Tikva.
The Al Aqsa Martys Brigade, the military wing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah party, claimed responsibility for the attack in the city, which is located 10 kilometers east of Tel Aviv. The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack.
Government sources in Jerusalem said that the Israeli response to this latest attack would be in accordance with the guidelines already agreed on by the cabinet.
The two fatalities - an elderly woman and an 18-month-old infant - died of their wounds in Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva. A total of 53 people were treated for their wounds, three of whom - including a three-year-old - were said to be in serious condition.
The explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center, on Gissin Street, at around 6:40 P.M. The perpetrator apparently tried to enter a supermarket in the center, but was deterred by the presence of a security guard.
Among the injured were many children, who were inside the coffee shop and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Six children were being treated at the Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Petah Tikva mayor Yitzhak Ohayoun said that despite many warnings of terror attacks in his city, this is the first such attack in Petah Tikva. He added that the bomber arrived at the scene in a yellow Subaru car, and then blew himself up outside the coffee shop.
Balata residents say attack in revenge for Titi assassination
Israel blamed Yasser Arafat for the suicide attack, accusing the Palestinian leader of "talking about reform but doing nothing against terrorism."
"Yasser Arafat is the chairman of the Palestinian Authority and is directly responsible for the inaction of his security services. He talks about reform but does nothing against terrorism," said a high-ranking official from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office.
"If Arafat is incapable of stopping terrorist attacks, most of which are perpetrated by militants from his own Fatah movement, then let him resign and give his place to someone else," said the official on condition of anonymity.
Dore Gold, an adviser to the prime minister, denounced the "continuing terrorist attacks" against Israeli civilians. "This is intolerable and something Israel will have to address," Gold said, declining to say how Israel might respond.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said, "We have to do whatever possible to beat these things, by military means and also by political means."
Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned that there are daily attempts by Palestinians to send suicide attackers into Israel, but most of them are foiled by Israeli forces. Ben-Eliezer warned Sunday that Israel was again facing a "wave" of suicide bombers.
David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's office said, "Palestinian terror continues to strike out at Israeli women and children." He said Israel would use "all the resources at its disposal" to stop terror attacks.
Inside Israel: No area code necessary
Police avert Jerusalem bombing
A police sapper neutralized the device. No injuries were caused.
The device was discovered by a gardener in the grounds of the building, at the corner of Sderot Eshkol and Mishmar Hagvul streets in the French Hill area of the capital.
The gardener informed the police and a large number of security forces soon arrived at the scene.
An inspection of the scene revealed that the device had been concealed in a 5-liter metal container.
Jerusalem police sources said that they had received several warnings of planned attacks in the city. Most of the warnings had been about suicide bombers, rather than explosive devices, which have not been discovered in Jerusalem for several months.
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