Both Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, and the Israeli Government have sent condolences to the families of four Chinese killed or injured by a Palestinian suicide bomber in Jerusalem on Friday, the first mainland casualties of the 19-month intifada. Of the four, building workers from Fujian province, two were killed by the bomb at a bus station near a market on Friday afternoon. The other two are seriously injured in hospital, including one who has had his left arm and leg amputated and the other lost his left arm. Moustapha Saphariny, the Palestinian representative in China, said that on Sunday afternoon Taib Abdul Raheem, secretary-general of Mr Arafat's office, had called him to convey the Palestinian leader's condolences for the suffering of the families and say he condemned all kinds of violence against civilians. 'The one sacrificing his life did not know that there were Chinese. I passed on the message of condolence to the Foreign Ministry,' Mr Raheem said. The deaths are particularly embarrassing because China has been a long-time supporter of Mr Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organisation. 'This is another proof of how Palestinian terrorism is blind and its object is to kill human beings, whether they are involved or not,' said a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Beijing. 'This proves that Israel should act against the terrorism infrastructure.' He said the Israeli ambassador had sent letters of condolence to Fujian Governor Xi Jinping and Communist Party Secretary Song Defu, asking them to pass them on to the families. The four were among a group of 49 people from Fujian province who arrived in Israel on December 4 on a two-year contract to build and repair homes for an Israeli construction company. The four went with two others to buy food at the market on Friday afternoon when the bomb went off. Shi Hongsheng, general manager of the Zhongfu Labour Export Company which hired them, said the firm was discussing the issue of compensation with the Israeli company, with whom they had insurance, amounting to US$20,000 (HK$155,600) per person. 'We believe that matters will be handled according to the national law of Israel. We do not know the amount yet. This will not affect the other projects we have in Israel. These will carry on as before. We have a two-year contract,' he said. The Israeli Embassy spokesman said his Government had a special fund which compensated victims of terrorist attacks. 'We have paid compensation to other foreign workers killed in terrorist attacks,' he said.