Israel: Suicide Bombing Attack In Jordan Valley Foiled; Arafat Reiterates Commitment to Peaceful Solution

Published February 19th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus stop at the entrance to the Jordan Valley settlement of Mahula, Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the attack, reported Israel Radio. 

 

Israel’s Channel Two reported that the bomber tried to get on the bus, with an explosives belt strapped to him. According to media reports, the man aroused the driver's suspicion, who, along with passengers, threw the man off.  

 

This attack came after ten Palestinians were killed in less than 24 hours in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of various Israeli raids as part of its response to the killing of four Israelis by Palestinians on Monday.  

 

Arafat 

 

Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Tuesday Palestinians were committed to pursuing a peaceful solution to the conflict with Israel, which witnessed the worst outbreaks of violence this week.  

 

Arafat was speaking at a joint news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher. Arafat said despite the Israeli escalation, including recent air strikes and house demolitions, Palestinians "insist on pursuing the path of the peace process...our insistence increases to move towards the peace process".  

 

Demolition of Houses 

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered the Israeli Army not to destroy houses near the Kisufim junction in the southern Gaza Strip, according to The Jerusalem Post.  

 

Israeli troops had directed around 20 Palestinian families in the area to evacuate their homes, slated for demolition. The Israeli army had already demolished five houses, Israel Radio reported.  

 

Residents of those houses said they were not involved in Monday night’s attack, in which three Israelis were shot dead by an armed Palestinian. They also added that the demolitions would violate their basic rights. (Albawaba.com) 

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