Violence Diminishes in West Bank; Jewish Baby Recovers from Attack

The level of violence diminished considerably in the West Bank on Thursday, as curfews were lifted in Ramallah and Tulkarm but were still kept in force in Nablus, Hebron, Jenin and in several villages and refugee camps.

The Gaza Strip remained entirely under curfew, except for Beit Hanoun at its entrance, where the curfew was lifted Wednesday as an experiment.

No violence was reported but a general strike continued.

One Jewish family, whose car was stoned Wednesday night in the West Bank, maintained a vigil at Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Kerem, where their 5-month-old son underwent emergency surgery for a severe head wound.

The infant, Ahikam Simantov, was reported in stable condition Thursday, though he was still confined to the intensive care unit.

The incident was the most serious to affect Jewish settlers since violence escalated in the territories after a reputedly deranged Jewish gunman murdered seven Arab laborers near Rishon le-Zion on Sunday.

A three-day hunger strike called in the territories to mourn the victims ended Thursday.

In Jerusalem meanwhile, police arrested a young Arab woman from the Gaza Strip who allegedly planned to stab Jews to avenge the killings at Rishon le-Zion. She is said to have come to Jerusalem by taxi Sunday for that purpose.

The suspect, identified as Wasfiya Abu-Najiba, 21, was found in possession of a 12-inch kitchen knife.

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