Tel Aviv (Oct. 20)
Roadblocks went up on highways leading into Haifa from Western Galilee today as police checked buses for explosives. The action followed an explosion yesterday that destroyed a bus in downtown Haifa and the discovery of explosives aboard another bus that had just arrived from Western Galilee. There were no casualties. Nearly 150 persons were detained for questioning but no arrests have been made. Police investigating teams meanwhile are visiting Arab villages in Western Galilee where both buses had stopped.
Police believe a terrorist cell has been established in one of the villages which is being supplied from across the Lebanese border. The explosive charges weighed two kilograms and were identified as having been made in Hungary. A bus carrying Arab workers from Israel back to their homes on the West Bank was halted by three terrorists south of Hebron yesterday and destroyed by explosives after the driver, and Arab from Hebron, and his passengers were ordered out. Security circles said the incident indicated that terrorists were resuming their campaign against Arabs who take jobs in Israel.