Daily Israel Report

Suicide Attack Thwarted And Other War News

The security forces announced late this afternoon that they had thwarted a suicide attack scheduled for the coming days in Petach Tikvah.
First Publish: 5/14/2003, 6:53 PM

The security forces announced late this afternoon that they had thwarted a suicide attack scheduled for the coming days in Petach Tikvah. The terrorist was arrested yesterday with the 7-kilogram explosive pack in his possession, as were several accomplices, including women… Two other terrorists on their way to an attack were also caught east of Shechem… In addition, a 30-kilogram bomb was found and neutralized near the Gush Katif town of Morag.

The police are investigating whether the body of a man that washed up ashore in Tel Aviv yesterday is that of the missing British terrorist Omar Khan Sharif. Sharif has been sought by police since the Mike's Place suicide attack in Tel Aviv that killed three Israelis two weeks ago. The police suspect that his bomb was supposed to have been the second part of a planned double attack, but that either his bomb did not explode or he changed his mind for some other reason.

Hizbullah terrorists fired a number of anti-aircraft shells towards Israel late this morning. No one was hurt, nor was damage reported. Lebanese sources reported today that Lebanon had resumed drawing water from the controversial Hatzbani River drawing station. The station was put out of commission during the winter flooding, but has now been repaired. Israel warned in the past that it would not allow Lebanon to violate the status quo and draw water from rivers bound for Israel. During U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to the region this week, it was agreed that Lebanon and Israel would attempt to reach an agreement on the amount of water Lebanon could draw.

Moriah Lichterman, 6, who was seriously wounded last week in the terrorist shooting attack in which her father Gideon was murdered, was released from the hospital today… Gun battles raged between Arabs and Israeli soldiers for a number of hours today. No Israelis were hurt, and two Arabs were reported killed and many wounded… Gunfire was directed at an IDF force in Gaza; no one was hurt…