Israeli policemen search the scene where a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and wounded 15 people at a restaurant in Kiryat Motzkin. The blast at the Wall Street restaurant in the town of Kiryat Motzkin, south of the port of Haifa. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

2001 - A suicide bomber blew himself up on the patio of a restaurant near the northern Israeli coastal town of Haifa, killing himself and wounding 20 people. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a seven-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead, hospital officials said, apparently in crossfire between Israelis and Palestinians. Meanwhile, the Israeli government said in a statement there would be no more activities by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in occupied Jerusalem, just two days after occupying the unofficial Palestinian headquarters in the city. “Activities of a diplomatic or administrative character — by a foreign entity — inside the state of Israel, without its consent, constitute an infringement of Israeli sovereignty,” the statement said.

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