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Bus Carrying Arab Workers Hijacked

December 27, 1989
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Intifada activists staged a daring bus hijacking inside the pre-1967 borders of Israel on Tuesday, in their continuing effort to enforce their will on the Palestinian populace.

The vehicle was burned, but no one was hurt.

The Egged bus, carrying Arab workers from the West Bank to jobs in Israel proper, was seized en route from Jenin to Haifa.

The Arab driver, Mohammad Abu-Rabia, told the authorities later that he was forced at hatchet point to turn off the highway into the Israeli Arab village of Zalafa.

The bus passengers fled. The driver said he was forced to drench the bus with gasoline, which the hijackers ignited.

The incident, the first of its kind in Israel proper, triggered a large-scale manhunt for the perpetrators.

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