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An American Woman is Killed and Two Wounded when Tourist Bus Ambushed by Guerrillas

February 24, 1970
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An American woman was killed and two others were wounded today when Arab guerrillas ambushed a tourist bus near Hebron, about 20 miles south of Jerusalem. The victim was identified as Mrs. Barbara Ertle, 31, of Grandville, Michigan, the mother of two. Her husband, the Rev. Theodore Ertle, was sitting beside her when machine gun bullets ripped through the vehicle carrying a group of American Christian tourists. Severely injured and hospitalized were Miss Lucille Draper, 53, of Buffalo, New York and Miss Tabea D’Amico, of Atlantic City, N.J. They were taken by helicopter to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem where Miss Draper underwent surgery. She is a sister of the Rev. Irving Draper, of Alden, N.Y.ieader of the ten-day “Bible Land Tour.” Zvi Greenberg, an Israeli guide, suffered slight injuries. Israeli jets resumed the bombing of Egyptian military positions in the Suez Canal zone today after a two day lull. A half hour attack this afternoon hit artillery batteries and other targets in the southern section of the waterway. A military spokesman said two Israeli soldiers were wounded today in an exchange of fire with Egyptian forces in the canal zone.

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