Gunmen shoot and moderately wound two PA police officers in Nablus (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Arnon Regular and Nir Hasson, Haaretz Correspondents, and Haaretz Service 11/17/05 21:00)
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Two Palestinian Authority police officers were moderately wounded on
Thursday night after being shot by Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade gunmen in
the West Bank city of Nablus.
The gunmen opened fire after a dispute broke out over a stolen car.
Clashes started in Nablus on Wednesday after PA security forces began
dismantling stalls illegally set up by merchants.
Earlier on Thursday evening, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot and
seriously wounded a Palestinian youth throwing a firebomb at an
Israeli vehicle north of Ramallah, Israel Radio reported.
The incident took place in Wadi Haramiya while soldiers were chasing
two Palestinians throwing firebombs.
An Israel Air Force helicopter evacuated the wounded Palestinian to a
hospital in Israel.
Elite troops kill militants near Jenin
Two Palestinian members of the military wing of the ruling Fatah
party were killed on Thursday during an Israel Defense Forces
operation near the West Bank city of Jenin.
The clash erupted after IDF special forces set up a roadblock. The
two, Mohammed Zaid and Ahmed Abahra, both 18, tried to drive around
the barrier in their car. The soldiers then opened fire and killed
According to the IDF, Abahra was armed with a pistol. The two were
connected to Islamic Jihad and were involved in attacks against the
army, the IDF said.
Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the killing.
"I want to condemn this Israeli escalation and warn of the serious
collapse of the cessation of violence between the two sides,"
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. "I hope that the Israeli
election campaign will not be marked by more Palestinian blood."
Palestinians stage mass march, flouting weapons ban
Meanwhile, about 1,000 militants brandishing assault rifles and
rocket launchers marched through Gaza City on Thursday and vowed to
hold on to their arms, defying a Palestinian Authority ban on public
displays of weapons.
Members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs´ Brigades, a violent offshoot of
Fatah, fired into the air while their leaders made speeches insisting
on the right to bear arms against Israel.
The arms ban officially went into effect two months ago days after an
explosion at a rally for the militant group Hamas killed 25 people.
Hamas blamed Israel, but Palestinian investigators said the blast was
set off when militants mishandled explosives they were displaying at
Al-Aqsa spokesman Zakariye Assouli said the group supported the PA´s
efforts to stop internal violence while reserving the right to avenge
"We respect our brothers in the political leadership," Assouli
said. "We honor their commitments, but they can´t ask us to watch
daily Israeli aggression and to remain silent."
Terrorist involved in killing Israelis sentenced to three life terms
In a separate incident, the Judea district military court on Thursday
sentenced a Palestinian terrorist to three life terms and an
additional thirty years for his involvement in two shooting attacks
in which four Israelis were killed and three were wounded.
Mohammed Mahmoud of the West Bank town of Ramallah was convicted of
being involved in a shooting attack at the British Police Junction
north of Jerusalem in 2000 in which three Israelis were killed and
two were wounded.
He was also involved in a shooting attack at the French Hill Junction
in Jerusalem in 2001 in which one man was wounded. Mahmoud is a
member of the Fatah-linked Tanzim militant group.
Military prosecution also served an indictment against the two
killers of Israeli citizen Sasson Nuriel, who was abducted and
murdered some two months ago.
The two were part of a terrorist cell of the Hamas militant group
that intended to abduct him and negotiate his return. But they killed
him after fearing they would be caught. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz.
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