Seven people were slightly wounded near Tel Aviv on Wednesday (5 January) in two different bomb blasts in a sudden upsurge of Arab guerrilla activity, while booby-trapped parcels sent to Israelis by mail from abroad continued to flow into the country.
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Background: Seven people were slightly wounded near Tel Aviv on Wednesday (5 January) in two different bomb blasts in a sudden upsurge of Arab guerrilla activity, while booby-trapped parcels sent to Israelis by mail from abroad continued to flow into the country.
Reliable sources said some of the booby-trapped parcels -- believed to be sent by Arab guerrillas -- were addressed to key personalities, including General Ezer Weizman, a leader of the opposition, Professor Ernst Bergmann, a former Chairman of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, and police Chief Superintendent Joseph Ben-Porat.
Special teams of bomb disposal experts are now busy checking all auspicious incoming mail. Special equipment used by the investigators includes an Israeli-developed instrument which "smells" bombs.
SYNOPSIS: Seven people were injured in two bomb blasts in central Israel on Wednesday as Arab guerrillas stopped up their activity from both inside and outside the country after a lull of several months. The explosions -- one of them here at a bus stop in Kfar Saba, some nine miles north of Tel Aviv, and another at the seaside resort of Netanya -- coincided with the continued arrival from Austria, Yugoslavia and other European countries of guerrilla parcel bombs addressed to leading Israelis. The explosions, together with parcel bombs and a recent spats of incidents along the Lebanese border, have been the first signs of a new guerrilla offensive.
The Arab settlement of Kalkilia near to Kfar Saba was immediately searched by troops and police. Several of the parcel bombs carried postmarks from near Tel Aviv.
Police also immediately set up road blocks at the entrances and exits to both towns and a spokesman later said several suspects were detained. Neighbouring streets were evacuated as they were searched for possible explosives. Police said they believed the same source was responsible for both blasts.