Two Palestinians rammed an explosives-packed SUV into a bus in Israel this week, causing a fireball that torched the bus and seven cars and sprayed body parts the length of a football field. In addition to the suicide bombers, 14 people were killed and dozens injured. The Syrian-backed militant group Islamic Jihad, which has active West Bank cells, claimed responsibility. The bombing came just as Israel had begun to comply with one of the major demands of the Palestinian Authority by evicting a group of Jewish settlers from the West Bank. Officials predicted a renewed lockdown in the area. “Every time we ease the curfew,” said Gen. Ruth Yaron, “we end up with another terrorist attack.”
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