In the Old City of Jerusalem, one person died and several others were injured on Saturday (3 February) when a bomb wrecked a house occupied by an Arab family.
In the Old City of Jerusalem, one person died and several others were injured on Saturday (3 February) when a bomb wrecked a house occupied by an Arab family. One theory police are pursuing is that the fatal victim was handling the bomb when it exploded.
SYNOPSIS: Police cordoned off the area where the bomb blast occurred, and searched to find out if more explosives were hidden in nearby buildings. The explosion was in the old sector of Jerusalem, close to the Wailing Wall. The house was badly damaged and partly collapsed. A police spokesman said that security forces were investigating the possibility that the bomb went off while the victim -- who had not been identified -- was handling it.
The police spokesman said several people who were nearby were slightly injured, and needed first aid treatment, but two people were more seriously hurt. The spokesman added that a number of suspects had been detained for questioning.
Meanwhile, from Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Under secretary Osama El Baz was quoted by the weekly newspaper "Al Siasi" as saying Egypt would stand by its Arab neighbours if a peace-treaty with Israel threatened to draw Egypt away from them. Mr El Baz said Israel wants a separate peace with Egypt, but this would benefit neither Egypt nor the United States.