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7 Persons Injured in Attack on Bus Passing Through Halhoul on Its Way to Kiryat Arba

Seven persons, five Jews and two Arabs, were injured tonight when an Egged bus enroute to Kiryat Arba was fired upon as it passed through the town of Halhoul, near Hebron.

Five of the injured persons were expected to be discharged from Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem during the night but a spokesman for the hospital said two others might need surgery. None was in danger, the spokesman said.

The bus was Route No. 60 — the line that serves Kiryat Arba and the Jewish settlements of the Etzion Bloc. Another attack on an Egged bus — this one less serious — took place in Jerusalem this afternoon: a firebomb was thrown at the vehicle as it passed Mt. Zion. There were no injuries. (See story, P.I.)

Meanwhile, the army today bulldozed into dust a fine looking house in a Hebron suburb in which a man lived who is suspected of having stabbed to death an israeli soldier a month ago. The bulldozing was screened at length on Israeli television. It is a measure intended to deter potential terrorist killers in the future.

The soldier, Avraham Sorek, a reservist aged 37, was knifed as he guarded the house in the Hebron Casbah where earlier several rightwing Knesset members had taken over an apartment. A second soldier was wounded in that incident.

The military authorities said the suspect, aged 22, had acted alone, out of nationalistic motives.

In a separate development today, the authorities reported that they had arrested eight men suspected of comprising a terrorist cell operating in the Bethlehem area.

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