Daily Israel Report

IDF Strikes Terrorists in Gaza and Shechem

The IDF struck three groups terrorists in Gaza and a PFLP terrorist in Shechem over the last 24 hours.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 8/21/2007, 12:49 PM

The IDF struck three groups of terrorists in Gaza and a PFLP terrorist in Shechem over the last 24 hours.

An IAF helicopter struck a car full of Islamic Jihad terrorists between Khan Younis and the Kissufim Crossing Tuesday, killing at least three terrorists. According to the IDF, the men had been involved in shooting attacks on IDF soldiers in recent weeks along the Gaza border fence. 

Six Hamas terrorists were killed and one more wounded in an air strike on their pick-up truck as it drove though central Gaza’s al-Bureij neighborhood Monday evening. One of the men was a local Hamas commander, Muhammed Abu Arrab.

The IDF confirmed the strike, saying the men were responsible for the four Kassam rockets fired at Israeli towns in the western Negev earlier in the day. Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida called the attack "an ugly Zionist slaughter" and threatened an unprecedented response, assumed to mean Hamas will begin using the higher-grade weapons the Islamist group has been smuggling in from Egypt. “If the Zionists are worried about Kassams they should know that we possess even more dangerous weapons," he told reporters.

The IDF says it will “continue to operate against terror for the security and safety of the citizens of Israel.”

Another strike later in the day wounded an Islamic Jihad terrorist in northern Gaza who had just fired a rocket toward Israeli towns from Beit Hanoun. The IDF confirmed the strike, saying it was carried out from the ground.

Overnight Counter-Terror in Judea and Samaria
In Shechem, located northeast of Tel Aviv, an Arab terrorist ambushed IDF soldiers who were on a pre-dawn operation Tuesday. The troops returned fire and killed the terrorist, later named as Nasser Mabruk by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine which took credit for the failed attack.

Soldiers were targeted with hand-grenades during the operation, but no injuries were reported.

The army carried out an additional operation in the al-Askar neighborhood of Shechem. In Jenin, located west of Beit Shean, terrorists opened fire on IDF troops, though no injuries were reported.

Twenty wanted terrorists were arrested in operations throughout Judea and Samaria overnight, including the commander of Islamic Jihad in Kabatiya, near Jenin.

Other Anti-Jewish Attacks
PA Arab terrorists fired three mortar shells at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom in the western Negev Tuesday morning. No injuries or damage were reported.

An Egged bus sustained damage Monday when it was stoned on Highway 60 between Gush Etzion and Hevron, south of Jerusalem.

Terrorist snipers fired at a house in Ma'ale Shomron, east of Kfar Saba. One bullet hit a shower in the house, but no one was wounded.