IDF: Most of wounded in Otniel shooting attack were soldiers (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel, Ha´aretz Correspondent, Ha´aretz Service and Agencies 12/28/02 16:57)
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Most of the wounded in the attack on the West Bank settlement of
Otniel on Friday night were IDF soldiers, Army Radio quoted the IDF
as saying Saturday. Four Israelis were killed and nine were wounded
when a gunman infiltated the settlement´s dining room Friday night.
Two of the dead were also soldiers.
The Palestinian gunman infiltrated Otniel, located just south of
Hebron, at about 8 P.M. He opened fire and threw grenades at people
inside the settlement´s dining hall and was shot dead during a 30-
minute gunbattle nearby with troops who arrived at the scene.
A second terrorist, who apparently helped the gunman reach the
settlement, managed to escape the immediate area, but was pursued by
IDF troops a few kilometers southwest of Otniel to Dahariya, where he
was shot dead. Three soldiers were lightly wounded in the exchange of
Many of the people involved in the attack were yeshiva students. One
student suffered moderate to serious injuries, and the rest were
Medical teams evacuated the wounded via ambulance and helicopter to
Soroka Medical Center in Be´er Sheva and Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. The
organization´s leader, Abdallah Ramadan Salah, said in a broadcast on
the satellite channel Al-Jazeera that the attack was carried out to
avenge the IDF´s killing of nine Palestinians, including Jihad
activist Hamsa abu Roub, in separate incidents in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip on Thursday.
In recent months the Hebron area has been the main target of terror
attacks in the territories. On November 15, nine IDF soldiers and
three security officers were killed in an Islamic Jihad ambush in
Kiryat Arba, while two weeks ago, two members of the military police -
one a woman- were killed in Hebron. (© Copyright 2002 Ha´aretz
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