Israeli troops imposed a closure on the West Bank city of Hebron. The city was home to the two suicide bombers who carried out Tuesday’s bus bombings in Beersheba. The army destroyed the home of Ahmed Kawasma, one of the two bombers, and Israeli forces arrested 12 Palestinians in Hebron in connection with the attack, along with several others from the Nablus and Bethlehem areas. The two bombers, both from prominent Hebron families, knew each other for years and reportedly planned the attacks together. Kawasma owned an aluminum products store and Nisim Jabri was a construction worker. The army is likely to focus retaliatory action on Hebron and the Gaza Strip, officials told the Israeli media. Israel also was expected to increase security along the area between the Hebron hills and the Negev, the route the suicide bombers apparently used to reach Beersheba.
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