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.