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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 17:01 GMT 18:01 UK
Hebron blast wounds settler teenagers
Israeli paramedics evacuate a wounded Israeli on a stretcher
The bomb injured youths preparing to board a bus
Three teenage Jewish settlers have been injured in a bomb attack near Hebron in the West Bank.

The bomb exploded near a road outside Hebron, near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.

In the past few minutes there have been reports of an explosion in a restaurant in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.

Israel army radio said at least 15 people had been injured. Details are still coming in.

The teenagers injured in the first blast were preparing to board a school bus after picking cherries, when it occurred.

Three 15-year-old boys were taken to hospital in Jerusalem to be treated for leg, arm and chest wounds.

One was seriously injured, hospital sources say.

Israel handed over 80% of Hebron to the Palestinian Authority under a 1996 agreement, while keeping an enclave of about 600 Jewish settlers in the centre.

During the last 20 months of violence, Israelis living and working in the West Bank have often been targeted by Palestinian militant groups.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian man was killed when a bomb he was planting detonated prematurely, the army said.

In Hebron, Palestinian gunmen shot dead two suspected of collaborating with Israel by passing on information.

And in East Jerusalem, municipal authorities destroyed five Palestinian houses which had been built without permits, Israel radio reported.

The latest incidents come as Israel's military action against Palestinians in the West Bank continues.

For the second day running, forces are in control of the Palestinian town of Ramallah and are surrounding Yasser Arafat's headquarters.

The Israeli forces have also carried out raids in Tulkarm, Hebron and Bethlehem - operations designed, says the army, to arrest suspected militants and to prevent further suicide bombings.


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