Palestinian fire wounds IDF troops on Gaza border (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/24/12)
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Two soldiers were wounded along the border with the Gaza Strip on
Wednesday, in some of the worst violence the area has seen in weeks.
The IDF said that the soldiers were part of a patrol along the border
when shots were fired hitting both an officer and a soldier. They
were evacuated to a hospital where they were treated for mild
injuries. Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz said that the escalation was
a “localized issue,” but added that the IDF must be ready for all
developments on the Gaza front.
Also on Wednesday, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed
that it has uncovered a number of Palestinian terrorist cells
operating in the Hebron area and planning a series of attacks,
including the kidnapping of a resident of Kiryat Arba.
The Shin Bet said that one of the cells, affiliated with Izzadin
Kassam, Hamas’s military wing, was led by two 21 year olds from
Hebron, one of whom – Mahmoud Dwek, was jailed before in Israel for
expressing a desire to serve as a suicide bomber.
The cell planted a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
along the security fence surrounding Kiryat Arba.
The cell planned to infiltrate the settlement and abduct a resident
or, failing that, murder one. The cell members also admitted to
throwing several Molotov cocktails at other settlements in the area.
Another two Palestinians – both 26 years old – from the Bethlehem
area were apprehended and found responsible for an IED attack against
an Israeli car near the West Bank village of Yata.
The Shin Bet said that the bomb was highly sophisticated and was
detonated with a mobile phone. The explosive device was hidden inside
a fire extinguisher. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/24/12)
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