Palestinian killed in Gaza, another near Nablus - Charges to be brought against Braslev Hassidim who entered Joseph´s Tomb, violating IDF orders (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel 12/14/03)
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Israel Defense Forces troops shot and killed a Palestinian
approaching the fence surrounding an IDF outpost in the Gaza Strip
yesterday. Last night, residents of Karnei Shomron were told to
remain indoors due to a warning that terrorists were planning to
infiltrate the West Bank settlement.
A Palestinian student was killed yesterday when IDF soldiers on alert
opened fire against a taxi speeding by a roadblock. The alert was
based on information that a suicide bomber was en route to carry out
an attack in the Dan region.
Meanwhile, seven Braslev Hassidim were injured in a shooting incident
near Joseph´s Tomb in Nablus on Friday after they entered Area A in
violation of a military order banning Israelis from Palestinian-
controlled areas. Two of the men are in serious condition.
The IDF and security forces were on high alert on Friday and
yesterday, following intelligence information that a suicide bombing
was planned and the terrorist was en route to Tel Aviv. While the IDF
set up roadblocks, a taxi neared Kedumim with 10 passengers,
including a young woman and nine men.
IDF sources maintain the cab driver broke through the roadblock near
the Je´it junction, west of Nablus. A pursuit ensued and another IDF
force set up another roadblock down the road.
The soldiers at the roadblock fired in the air and ordered the taxi
to stop but the driver pulled to the side of the road and tried to
flee. Fearing the possibility that the driver was a suicide bomber
and planned to attack the soldiers with a bomb, they fired at the
vehicle´s wheels. The student was hit in the chest. She was treated
by IDF medical staff but later died. The driver was arrested.
IDF sources said it is still too early to determine whether the
soldiers acted according to the rules of engagement, but stressed
that, contrary to Palestinian sources, there were no children in the
taxi and the student was not with her baby.
Charges will be brought today against eight Bratslav Hassidim for
violating a military order banning Israelis from Area A. The attack
against the Hassidim took place in the early hours of Friday morning
when they walked into an ambush in the area near the tomb.
A total of 17 Hassidim crowded into a van, bypassed IDF roadblocks
and reached the tomb. At the end of the prayer, they prepared to
depart from the area. About 200 meters from the tomb, an armed
Palestinian opened fire against the van. Seven passengers were hit;
two of them are in serious condition.
Large IDF forces entered Nablus and evacuated the wounded and carried
out a search for the gunman, who managed to escape. Some of the
injured were evacuated by helicopter to Beilinson and Tel Hashomer
Residents of the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, set the Hassidim
vehicle ablaze. Two groups - the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and the
Islamic Jihad - claimed responsibility for the attack. (© Copyright
2003 Haaretz. 12/14/03)
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