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Five Hurt In Attacks

First Publish: 9/10/2004, 2:25 PM / Last Update: 9/10/2004, 2:40 PM

Five Israelis were wounded in Gaza last night and this morning as a result of Palestinian terror and violence. An Arab sniper shot a soldier last night during the IDF's ongoing offensive operation in Jabalya, Gaza. The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva in moderate condition. Three people were treated for shock this morning after a Kassam rocket exploded near Kibbutz Nir-Am, just west of Sderot. Another Kassam landed harmlessly near Erez in northern Gaza. One person was lightly hurt in Kfar Darom, in central Gaza, by a Palestinian-fired mortar shell.

Four mortar shells were fired at Gush Katif last night, with one landing on a house and causing damage. Terrorists also fired into the small community of Slav; no one was hurt.

An IDF force of the Nachal Hareidi Battalion discovered early this morning a 10-kilogram explosive in an Arab village near the Jordan Valley. IDF sappers safely detonated the bomb... A Molotov cocktail was hurled at an Israeli vehicle on the Jerusalem-Hevron highway last night, causing light damage.

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz ordered a full closure and curfew on the Arab areas of Yesha (Judea and Samaria) as of this morning. The curfew will be in place until after Yom Kippur, two weeks from now, when a re-evaluation will be carried out. Some 50 intelligence warnings of possible planned terror attacks are extant.