JERUSALEM (Sep. 5)
Israeli security forces and police are on maximum alert for any acts of terrorism in Israel and against Israeli installations abroad on the eve of the summit talks at Camp David. Special instructions for security measures have been sent to Israeli legations, institutions and companies around the world. But the maximum alert failed to avert two bomb explosions here today in which two people were seriously injured.
A police sapper who was examining a suspicious-looking parcel at a filling station was seriously injured when an explosive charge in the parcel went off. A passerby was also seriously injured by the explosion. A truck with a load of butane gas cylinders parked nearby remained intact. Police said that if the truck had exploded it would have caused an inferno with many people injured or killed.
The second explosion took place near the Jaffa Gate at the Old City when an explosive charge went off under a tourist bus. The bus was damaged but there were no casualties. Dozens of suspects were rounded up in both incidents. Police again warned the public to remain on the alert for sabotage attempts.
Meanwhile, two prominent West Bank residents were arrested today on charges of being members of an illegal Palestinian terrorist organization, Israeli military authorities said. The two are Jad Michael, a member of the Ramallah Town Council, and Dr. Munzir Sharif, who operates a private medical clinic in Ramallah. The authorities said both men will be brought to trial. The name of the organization to which they belong was not immediately disclosed.