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Two Wounded in Palestinian Terrorist Shooting Attack

A Jordan Valley husband and wife are hospitalized after being shot by Arab terrorists Thursday night. This morning's Kassam rocket caused no damage, and $1 million in Hamas money was seized.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/19/2006, 11:11 AM / Last Update: 5/19/2006, 1:29 PM

The shooting attack occurred shortly after 8 PM, between Tapuah Junction and Migdalim, along a road that has seen the murder of several Israelis at the hands of Palestinian terrorists over the past three years. The woman is reported to be in light condition after undergoing an operation to remove shrapnel fragments from her hand, while her husband, who was driving, is in moderate condition following abdominal/intestinal surgery. Even after being shot and while bleeding heavily, he was able to drive the car two kilometers to a nearby army post, where he received emergency treatment.

At the Rafiah Crossing into Gaza, Hamas members are refusing to allow anyone in or out until European Union officials return nearly between 640,000 and 900,000 Euros that a Hamas spokesman was caught trying to smuggle in. The smuggler was carrying the money from Egypt into Gaza, and apparently received it from Qatar. The officials seized the cash, which is between 400 and 600 times the amount that is permitted to be brought in.

Israel has warned the EU official to leave the area as quickly as possible, for fear that they will be harmed by the Hamas mobs.

In other terrorist incidents, a Kassam rocket launched Friday morning landed in the sea. Six rockets were fired yesterday, also causing no damage... Soldiers stationed near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem were attacked with rocks, bottles and paint late Thursday night. Soldiers responded with riot control measures, injuring at least three PA rioters. No soldiers were hurt... A pipe bomb was hurled at IDF soldiers south of Bethlehem during the night; no injuries were reported... Six wanted terrorists were arrested over the night, as was a PA resident armed with an explosive device and an unspecified number of firebombs...

Fatah-Hamas infighting claimed another three wounded victims last night, in a shoot-out near the PA parliament building in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern over the new 3,000-man Hamas-aligned security force in Gaza. Rice told reporters that a country must have only one security force.