IDF troops kill nine Palestinians in W. Bank and Gaza; five soldiers wounded (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel and Arnon Regular, Ha´aretz Correspondents, and Ha´aretz Service 12/26/02 17:44)
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At least nine Palestinians were killed by IDF troops in several
incidents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday, while five
soldiers were wounded.
Nablus: Two Tanzim activists killed in exchange of gunfire
At least two Palestinians were killed in several violent clashes in
Nablus Thursday. Two Tanzim activists were killed in the morning in
an exchange of gunfire with IDF soldiers. Palestinian sources said
one of the Tanzim activists was 16 years old; the IDF said he used a
pistol to fire at soldiers from the roof of a house, and was killed
after he entered the house and armed himself with a rifle.
Afterwards, Old City residents left their homes to protest the curfew
the soldiers were trying to enforce. The IDF fired on the curfew-
breakers, and Palestinian sources said an unarmed youth was killed
and dozens of Palestinians were wounded, some seriously. But the IDF
said soldiers fired only at one armed protester and two protesters
Tul Karm: Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade activist killed
In Tul Karm, undercover Border Police troops killed Jamal Yehi, 28,
head of one of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade´s cells in the West Bank
city. The soldiers arrested him in the road Thursday morning and
fired at the unarmed militant. The IDF said a military doctor tried
to resuscitate Yehi, but he died of his wounds.
Ramallah: Hamas, Tanzim activists and 19-year-old bystander killed
Undercover security forces killed three Palestinians in Ramallah -
Tanzim activist Fanal Shilani, Hamas activist Bassam al-Askar and
bystander Mahadi Obayad.
Soldiers tried to stop a vehicle in which two Hamas members, al-Askar
and Ayamin Rahidi, were traveling. The IDF reported that al-Askar was
killed when he tried to draw his gun.
Rashidi gave himself up to the soldiers, after which Ramallah
residents began throwing stones at them. The soldiers fired at the
crowd, and Palestinian sources said Obayad, a 19-year-old traffic cop
who was standing nearby, was killed from the gunfire.
Palestinian sources reported that late Thursday afternoon the IDF
imposed a curfew on the West Bank town of Beitunia, near Ramallah,
and that 30 tanks entered the town.
Qabatiyah: Islamic Jihad head killed; five soldiers wounded
In Qabatiyah, the head of the militant Islamic Jihad organization in
the West Bank town was killed early Thursday morning in an exchange
of gunfire with IDF troops. Hamsa abu Roub, 35, opened fire on the
soldiers as they attempted to arrest him in Qabatiyah, which is near
A neighbor said that after a gun battle with Abu Roub, soldiers
tossed grenades into the house, wounding him. The man said troops
then rushed in, shot Abu Roub dead just inside the main entrance and
pulled his body outside.
The army said troops called on people inside the house to surrender,
telling them they would not be harmed if they did so.
"After all of the residents stepped out of the building, the
terrorist came out and opened fire," the army said in a
statement. "During the exchange of fire, Abu Roub was killed."
Later Thursday morning, IDF troops destroyed the house of Hamsa abu
Four Palestinians and five soldiers were wounded in the exchange of
fire, and two Islamic Jihad activists were arrested.
One of the soldiers was seriously wounded, an officer and two other
soldiers were lightly wounded, and a fifth soldier suffered light-to-
moderate injuries. They were all taken to the hospital for treatment.
By late afternoon, the seriously wounded soldier was classified as
IDF troops stayed in the area to continue operations.
Gaza: IDF thwarts infiltration; Palestinians fire rocket
The bodies of two Palestinians armed with rifles and grenades were
found Thursday morning in the Gaza Strip. The two men were shot by
IDF troops overnight Wednesday as they attempted to infiltrate the
settlement of Netzarim.
Also in Gaza, two mortar shells and a Kassam rocket landed Thursday
morning in the greenhouses of a settlement in the Gush Katif area.
There were no injuries.
Late Wednesday and early Thursday, gunshots and fragmentary grenades
were fired at military outposts in the Gush Katif and Rafah areas of
Three Palestinians were arrested in Gaza Thursday morning.
Qalqilyah: Hamas leader arrested
Undercover troops in Qalqilyah arrested Natzer Nazal, head of the
Hamas military wing in the city and a senior Hamas member, along with
Talal al-Baz, another senior member of the militant organization. The
IDF found weapons in the house in which they were arrested.
Nine Palestinians were arrested overnight Wednesday throughout the
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