One of Four Victims of Terrorist Bus Ambush Fighting for Her Life

One of the four victims of last night’s terrorist bus ambush fought for her life and that of her unborn child today as police and security forces combed the hills surrounding Jerusalem in search of the two men believed to have carried out the attack.

Doctors at Shaare Zedek Hospital here said that the condition of Dvora Arent, 23, who is seven months pregnant, remained critical. She underwent surgery twice for stomach wounds and is under intensive care. Three other passengers on the bus, attacked while enroute from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Hahamisha, suffered minor wounds.

The bus attack, which occurred at about 9 p.m. local time on the outskirts of Kibbutz Ma’aleh Hahamisha was the first terrorist attack inside Israel in a considerable time. The Palestine Liberation Organization claimed responsibility and maintained that the cease-fire over Lebanon did not cover terrorist acts inside Israel.

Uri Porat, Premier Menachem Begin’s press spokesman, said Israel would respond to the latest outrage “when and how we choose.” He reiterated that Israel did not enter into any cease-fire agreement with the PLO when it agreed to U.S. special envoy Philip Habib’s proposals last Friday to end the warfare across the Israel-Lebanon border.

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