Five killed in Israeli Nathania city explosion
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/5/2005
The number of persons killed in the attack which was carried out at the entrance of one of the trade centers in the Israeli Nathania city increased to five, and more than 40 were reported as injured, seven of them were in very grave critical situation.
News reports in Jerusalem said that the Israeli security sources so far expect that one Palestinian suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt is behind the explosion.
The reports indicated that the Israeli security forces imposed a security belt on the site of the explosion where ambulances hurried. All roads leading to the city were closed and investigations started to make sure that no explosives are in the area. This center was a target for an earlier explosion that was claimed by the Islamic Jihad movement in July this year.
The Islamic Jihad movement refused to deny or claim responsibility for the explosion which took place at Jasharon trade center in Hertzil street in Nathania city to the north of Tel Aviv.
The leading figure in the movement Habin Khuder city in a telephone statement with al-Jazeera satellite TV that they are still waiting for information from the higher leadership concerning the responsibility of the Islamic Jihad of the operation.
However, Khuder described this operation as a heroic one on which he stressed it comes as a retaliation to the violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people.
AFP had stressed that leading figures in the Islamic Jihad announced in a telephone call the responsibility of the movement over this explosion, For its part, al-Aqsa martyrs group in Tolkarem told al-Jazeera that it had no connection with Nathania explosions of today ( Monday).
Meantime, the Palestinian authority deplored at the highest level this attack. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave his orders to chase persons responsible for the attack.
The chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Oreikat said that the operation does not serve the interests of the Palestinian, rather obstructs their ambitions to reach and independent state.
Israeli officials were persistent to hold the Palestinian authority responsible for the attack and accused Abbas of being slow in taking firm measures towards the armed resistance.
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