Four IDF soldiers wounded in shooting attack near Hebron (JERUSALEM POST) By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH 02/04/05)
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Four IDF soldiers were wounded when shots were fired at an IDF patrol
at the Hadas junction north of the settlement of Eshkolot in the
Southern Hebron hills Thursday night.
According to the army, two soldiers were moderately wounded, while
the other two sustained light wounds.
The Fatah´s al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.
The wounded soldiers were evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in
Security forces were dispatched to the site to search for the
perpetrators. IDF sources said they believed that the Palestinians
set up an ambush at the side of the road, waited for the patrol,
opened fire and then fled the area.
Officials, however, did not rule out the possibility that the gunmen
opened fire at the patrol from a passing car.
Earlier, a Palestinian militant threw hand grenades and shot at an
IDF vehicle traveling on a Gaza Strip road, lightly wounding two
soldiers before the soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker,
military officials said.
On Thursday afternoon, soldiers manning the Hawara checkpoint outside
of Nablus arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian youth, identified as
Mahmoud Tabouk, who tried to smuggle an explosive belt in his bag.
A home made weapon was also found in his bag, in addition to 20
Sappers dispatched to the site performed a controlled detonation of
Speaking with Army Radio, Nablus Division commander, Colonel Yuval
Bazak, said, "The youth raised the suspicion of one of the soldiers.
During a search of his belongings, a ready to be used bomb-belt was
In another incident near the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz,
policemen on Thursday apprehended two Palestinians who were found to
be carrying weapon magazines and grenades.
Several boy-bombers have been apprehended at the Hawara checkpoint
At the end of March, the quick thinking of paratroopers at the
checkpoint prevented Husam Abdu, 14, who was wearing a belt of
explosives, from blowing himself up.
The belt contained eight kilograms of explosives, plus bolts and
screws. It was later blown up by sappers.
Ten days earlier, Fatah Tanzim in Nablus sent Abdullah Kuran, 11, to
the checkpoint with explosives stashed in several bags. He was
supposed to pass through checkpoint and hand them to a woman waiting
on the other side for NIS 5.
Unaware that one of the bags contained a 10-kilo bomb, he was stopped
by soldiers who discovered it during a routine inspection.
When Kuran´s dispatchers saw he had been stopped, they attempted to
detonate the bomb by cellphone, but failed.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem police on Thursday evening lifted the high
security alert which was issued earlier Thursday in response to
intelligence warnings of a planned terrorist attack, Army Radio
reported. With AP (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem Post 02/04/05)
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