Palestinian killed in Gaza; teen found with bomb belt (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel 02/04/05)
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Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were lightly wounded and an armed
Palestinian was killed in an attack yesterday at the Gush Katif
junction in the Gaza Strip.
Military sources reported that a Palestinian taxi arrived at the
junction on the road linking Khan Yunis to the north of the Strip.
The taxi stopped in the middle of the road with an apparent technical
problem and soldiers on the scene ordered the vehicle removed so
traffic would not be blocked. When the occupants of the car got out,
one opened fire on the soldiers, throwing a grenade at them too.
The commander of the Givati brigade company at the junction returned
fire and killed the armed Palestinian. The injured soldiers were
taken for treatment to Soroka Medical Center in Be´er Sheva.
Elsewhere, soldiers prevented a suicide attack when they arrested a
16-year-old Palestinian youth in possession of an explosives belt in
a bag at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus.
The youth, Mahmoud al-Tabuq, is the nephew of Ahmed al-Tabuq, a
senior member of Fatah´s military wing in Nablus during the first
Following his arrest, al-Tabuq told his interrogators that he had
been sent by a resident of the city to hand over the bag to another
individual who was waiting at the checkpoint.
Military sources believe Fatah´s Al-Aqsa Martyrs´ Brigades was behind
the attempted terror attack, but Nasser Juma´a, a senior member of
the Brigades, told Haaretz that the organization had nothing to do
In Jerusalem meanwhile, security forces were placed on high alert and
checkpoints were set up in and around the capital yesterday
afternoon. The high alert was eased later in the evening. Military
sources rejected any link between the security alert in the capital
and the incident at the checkpoint near Nablus.
IDF sources believe that Hezbollah was behind the attempted terror
attacks, noting that the Lebanon-based organization is transferring
funds and instructions to activists in the territories, primarily to
independent Fatah cells. Hezbollah is seeking to derail the political
progress between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the sources
Also in Nablus yesterday, security forces arrested a wanted man from
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The man is
suspected of planning a terror attack to be carried out over the
In other incidents yesterday, an IDF force found a 40-kilogram
explosive device south of the Sufa crossing on the Green Line; and an
IDF patrol came under fire in Rafah.
Military sources expressed a touch of disappointment yesterday about
the functioning of the Palestinian security forces in recent days.
The sources say the Palestinians are making do with superficial and
demonstrative steps and are not making concerted efforts against the
The sources see the deployment of thousands of Palestinian police in
conflict areas as a demonstration of presence that is helping to
reduce the activities of the cells, but note that without a more
determined and aggressive effort on the part of the PA, the terror is
likely to rear its head anew, and with more vigor, in the near
future. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 02/04/05)
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