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>PD Dec. 12, 1996, Vol. 4, No. 225
Israeli is World's Under-20 Chess Champ
Emil Sotovsky, 19, from Holon, recently won the title of World
Chess Champion for Young People under 20, in the tournament held at
Medellin in Colombia. Previously, adult world champions Gary
Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov had won this prestigious title.
It was the first time an Israeli has won it. Sotovsky immigrated to
Israel five years ago and has the rank of International Master in
Two Israelis Slaughtered in Ramallah
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem) and Arutz-7 Staff
Israeli troops and police have sealed off the West Bank town of
Ramallah and are working with Palestinian police to find attackers
in a drive-by shooting Wednesday evening. An Israeli boy and his
mother were killed near the Palestinian-controlled town.
There were apparently three terrorists in the car, who sped away
into the area of the Palestinian Autonomy in Ramallah. A
12-year-old child was killed immediately, and six other family
members were wounded. The mother was wounded by three bullets: one
in the chest, and two in the stomach. She later died on the
operating table in Hadassah Ein-Kerem hospital. A 13-year-old
daughter is in moderate-severe condition with bullet fragments in
her neck. The other three or four children sustained light to
moderate wounds: one with bullet fragments in the back and the
others with bullet fragments in their arms and legs.
The father, who was driving, is one of the managers of Arutz Sheva
Israel Public Radio; his car is equipped with a two-way radio to
the station's ship.
Broadcaster Moshe Shultz told this reporter as follows: "I suddenly
heard over the two-way radio a woman shouting, 'We're being shot
at.' She repeated her call, this time addressing it specifically to
me, the broadcaster in the ship. Upon hearing the details, I
stopped the broadcast, opened the radio microphone, and told the
national audience, 'There was a shooting on the Bet-El - Dolev
road, just before the entrance to Bet-El. Anyone who can reach the
site to help is called upon to do so.' I then notified the police.
I knew that the listeners in the immediate area would reach the
site before the security forces."
Although the IDF is allowed to carry out "hot pursuit" into the
autonomous areas in case of a terrorist attack, in practice it does
not do so. In this case, the IDF, in coordination with the
Palestinians, has entered Ramallah; Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan said that
the army will check reports of a burning car matching the
description of that of the murderers.
A senior Israeli army officer says the Palestinian police found a
vehicle matching the description of the car used by the attackers
who fled toward Ramallah after the shooting.
The investigators are looking for three men who fired automatic
weapons at the Israeli car on a road frequented by Israeli
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Ramallah sealed
off and said Israel will not tolerate a situation in which the
Palestinian Autonomy Authority gives refuge to people who attack
Israelis. Shortly after the shooting, Netanyahu discussed new
security measures with his defense minister, and sent a
toughly-worded message to the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat.
Arafat's Autonomy Authority controls Gaza and six West Bank cities,
including Ramallah, but Israel controls the surrounding areas. The
shooting was on one of a new network of bypass roads Israel has
built to enable settlers to drive around the Palestinian cities.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements require the Palestinian
Authority to extradite people accused of crimes in Israel. But
the authority has refused such Israeli requests in the past,
preferring to punish such criminals itself.
Palestinian officials have warned that Israeli plans to build
housing for Jews in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem could
lead to an explosion of Palestinian anger.
Israel's opening of an archeological tunnel in east Jerusalem's
Old City sparked riots in the West Bank and Gaza in September.
In addition, this week Palestinians are marking the ninth
anniversary of the start of the uprising known as the "Intifada,"
and the first anniversary of the killing, widely blamed on Israel,
of the famed Palestinian bomb maker known as "the Engineer."
There have been few Palestinian attacks on Israelis since the bus
bombings in February and March. Militant groups say they have been
handicapped by a joint Israeli-Palestinian crackdown and also have
been discouraged from launching attacks by a desire among many
Palestinians for a period of quiet. Palestinians tell pollsters
that at least for now they do not want anything to further disrupt
the Palestinian economy or the negotiations on the long-delayed
Israeli withdrawal from Hebron -- the last Palestinian city still
under Israeli occupation.
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