July 12, 2005
Blast in Israeli city of Netanya, many hurt
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An explosion hit a shopping mall in
the Israeli coastal city of Netanya on Tuesday and security
sources said there were at least 30 casualties.
Army Radio said police suspected it was a Palestinian
militant attack. Shopping centers have been frequent targets of
suicide bombers during an uprising since 2000.
Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
declared a ceasefire in February.
The last suicide bombing killed five Israelis on February
25 outside a nightclub in Tel Aviv, before militant groups
agreed to respect a period of calm to the end of the year.
Netanya is 12 km (eight miles) from the West Bank.