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Israeli Police Arrest Bomb Suspect

July 8, 1999

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli police have arrested their first suspect in the 1997 firebomb attack on three Arab women students in Jerusalem.

The three, who were living near an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem close to the walled Old City, were targets of frequent harassment by their Jewish neighbors.

In October 1997, a firebomb was thrown at the door of their apartment, scorching it and the stairwell. No one was hurt.

The suspect in the attack, a 41-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew, was arrested Wednesday night in Bet Shemesh, a city near Jerusalem, police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said Thursday. He did not give the suspect’s name, but told The Associated Press that more arrests were expected.

He said the ultra-Orthodox man was refusing to answer police questions. The suspect, whom Israel Television identified as Yair Sabag, appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held five more days for interrogation.

After the attack, the women moved out of the apartment, even though they had rented it for a full year.

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