A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew up a crowded bus in northern Israel Wednesday morning, killing at least 16 passengers and the bomber, and wounding at least 38.
Israeli troops hunting for suspected militants on Friday reentered the Jenin refugee camp, scene of the some of the most intense fighting between Israelis and Palestinians last month.
The Israeli security cabinet voted Tuesday to block a United Nations inquiry into the fighting at the Jenin refugee camp, unless the UN complies with its demands concerning the scope and the composition of the fact-finding mission.
Israeli tanks pulled out the Jenin refugee camp Thursday, allowing Palestinians their first access to hospitals and an opportunity to bury those killed in some of the fiercest fighting of Israel's three-week West Bank incursion.
Gunbattles intensified Thursday near one of Christianity's holiest sites, while Israeli takeovers of other towns sparked outbursts of violence in the volatile West Bank.
In retaliation for recent suicide bombings, Israeli forces leveled a Palestinian police station in the West Bank town of Jenin.
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