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Holiday of horror

Issue: "Guns & Poses," April 13, 2002

3/27: Suicide bomber Abdel-Basset Odeh paced outside the lobby of a hotel in Netanya where over 250 Jews were gathering for a Seder marking the beginning of Passover. When he detonated the explosives strapped inside his shirt, the attack killed 26 and wounded 125. Hamas claimed responsibility.

3/28: Ahmed Hafez Saadat, a Hamas militant, opened fire inside a Jewish settlement near Nablus, killing four Jewish settlers.

3/29: 18-year-old Ayat al-Akhras walked into a supermarket in Jerusalem with a belt of explosives strapped at her waist, killing two Israelis and wounding 28 others. In a tape left behind, she said she was a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an arm of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah group.

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3/30: Suicide bomber Mohannad Salahat, from the Fatah military wing of Mr. Arafat's Palestinian Authority, blew himself up in a crowded Tel Aviv café, injuring more than 30 people.

3/31: Shadi Tubasi entered an Arab-owned restaurant at lunchtime in Haifa and blew himself up, killing 14 and injuring more than 40. Hamas [Iran] and Islamic Jihad each claimed responsibility.

3/31: A suicide bomber in Efrat blew himself up outside a medical center, wounding six.

4/1: Attack averted in downtown Jerusalem; a 19-year-old policeman died when he stopped the bomber at a roadblock. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades [Iran] took responsibility for the attack.


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