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Army Destroys Home of Palestinian Suicide Bomber

March 22, 1996

AL FAWAR, West Bank (AP) _ Israeli soldiers destroyed the home today of a Palestinian militant who blew himself up on a Jerusalem city bus, killing 26 other people.

Soldiers imposed a curfew on the Al Fawar refugee camp south of Hebron as the two-story home of 19-year-old Majdi Abu Wardeh was being leveled. Eleven of his relatives lived in the house.

An Israeli army spokesman said the demolition was carried out by a series of small explosions in order to minimize damage to surrounding houses.

The demolition, the seventh this month, is part of Israel’s attempt to crush Islamic militants who have carried out suicide bombings in hopes of wrecking Israeli-Palestinian peace-making.

Four bombings between Feb. 25 and March 4 have killed 58 people in addition to the four bombers.

In retaliation, Israel has demolished homes of suicide bombers and militant leaders. Prime Minister Shimon Peres has also said he was ready to deport individual Muslim militants.

``We are doing almost all that is necessary, by way of destroying houses, by way of deportations, even relatives,″ Peres said today.

The Muslim militant group Hamas today defended the bombings as justifiable resistance against Israeli occupation, but said in a leaflet sent to news agencies that it was ready to cooperate with Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority to ease tensions.

In a separate leaflet, the smaller group Islamic Jihad accused Arafat of acting as Israel’s lackey in his crackdown on the militants.

Arafat’s security forces have arrested some 900 suspected militants in response to the bombings.

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