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WORLD : American in Israel Bus Attack Dies

<i> From Times wire service</i> s

An American lawyer died today of injuries suffered in the June 6 attack on an Israeli bus by a Palestinian, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Rita Levine, 39, of Philadelphia suffered serious spinal cord injuries in the attack, said Ruth Mekel, a spokeswoman for Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Her death raised to 15 the number of people killed in the attack, in which a Palestinian from the occupied Gaza Strip grabbed the steering wheel of a bus, shouted in Arabic “God is great!” and forced it off the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway into a 200-foot ravine.

Levine’s body will be flown to the United States on Wednesday, Mekel said. The woman had come to Israel to practice law.

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