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Israeli Soldier Wounded in Ax Attack

December 18, 1986

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank (AP) _ An Israeli soldier on foot patrol in this Palestinian town was attacked with an ax today and wounded in the head, and a teen-age Arab suspect was detained, military officials said.

The Golani Brigade soldier was attacked at about noon in the central square, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with military regulations.

He was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, the officials said. A hospital spokeswoman described his wounds as light but refused to give further details.

Other soldiers apprehended a teen-age suspect who apparently was seen committing the attack, the officials said.

The attack did not appear to disturb normal activity in Ramallah, 10 miles north of Jerusalem. A military patrol of five soldiers was seen near the scene of the attack, and several open military jeeps patrolled the outskirts of the city.

Also today, Palestinian youths hurled stones at Israeli soldiers in three separate attacks in the occupied West Bank, military sources said.

Soldiers were attacked at the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, in the center of Nablus and at the nearby Balata refugee camp, where troops fired in the air to disperse the protesters, the sources said. No injuries were reported on either side.

The attacks followed several weeks of unrest in the West Bank touched off by the stabbing death of a Jewish religious student in East Jerusalem on Nov. 15 and the Dec. 4 killing of two Palestinian students by Israeli soldiers at the Bir Zeit University in Ramallah.

Israel captured the West Bank, where 800,000 Palestinians live, from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.

Police on Wednesday dismantled two booby-trapped hand grenades in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and later annexed.

Israel television said the grenades were part of a series of professionally organized attacks on Arab targets in which several Palestinian homes and cars have been burned and firebombed. Israeli newspapers said today that police feared the attacks were carried out by a new Jewish underground group.

In 1984, police rounded up an underground, anti-Arab terrorist group that tried unsuccessfully to blow up five Palestinian buses in April 1984 and seriously wounded two Palestinian mayors in June 1980.

The daily Haaretz said 13 firebombs have been thrown at Arab houses in East Jerusalem since Nov. 15, while 110 incidents of stoning of Jewish and Arab cars were reported and four Arab shops and two cars belonging to Jews were burned.

It said seven Arabs and six Jews were wounded by Jews and four Jews were wounded by Arabs since Nov. 15.

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