Arab terrorists exploded two shells at the Erez Industrial Park and checkpoint in northern Gaza, one of them a direct hit on Nissim Arviv, a 25-year-old resident of Nissanit who was arranging affairs at an automobile shop. Arviv, married and father to a baby girl, is in critical condition at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon where doctors are trying to save his life. Nissanit is in northern Gaza and is one of 25 Jewish communities slated to be dismantled under the government’s so-called disengagement plan



Two others were slightly injured in the explosion at the Erez Industrial Park and checkpoint in northern Gaza where Israelis have been preparing for the planned dismantling of their businesses at the Erez Industrial Park.



Industries at Erez used to employ about 4,000 Arabs before terrorist attacks shut down most of the businesses operating there. “Industry and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert visited here (in the past) and promised security, but he is only a government cabinet minister,” said Kobi Cohen, director of the committee of Erez Industrial Park businesses. “We find ourselves exposed to terrorist attacks. There are 30 businesses here, and we have to pack up everything. It is too bad that everyone involved doesn’t wake up before there will be a tragedy,” he added.



Monday’s morning mortar shell explosions at Erez were among more than 10 that terrorists launched since Saturday night, along with missile attacks, despite Israeli army efforts to halt the assaults.



Following a Friday afternoon Kassam barrage, two more rockets were fired at the western Negev city of Sderot this morning (Sunday). Six people were lightly wounded and are being treated – five of them for trauma - in a nearby hospital. One rocket landed in the yard of a private home, and the second fell in the Shaar HaNegev industrial zone, causing property damage.



Late Friday afternoon, four other Kassams were fired towards Sderot. Two of them landed inside the city, including one that scored a direct hit on a furniture store, causing heavy damage. No one was in the store at the time, and no Israelis were hurt in the Kassam attacks. One rocket fell short of its mark, landing in an Arab house in Gaza and killing a 12-year-old girl.



Another Friday rocket fell to the north of Gaza, just south of the Ashkelon power plant. Critics of Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan have long pointed out that an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would bring the power plant within unsupervised striking range of Kassam rockets. The Ashkelon facility is Israel's major source of electricity, aside from the Hadera facility, north of Tel Aviv.



The IDF, which ended a three-day counter-terror offensive in southern Gaza late last night, immediately this morning began another similar operation in northern Gaza. The offensive has been code-named Side Wind. Infantry accompanied by engineering and armored forces entered the Beit Hanoun and Jebalya areas, and are searching out Kassam launching cells.



Thirteen terrorists were killed in the just-completed southern-Gaza offensive.



Egypt has accused Israel of failing to live up to its promises not to interfere in the PA elections. Israeli officials have said that they would not take major counter-terrorism measures before the upcoming election, scheduled for a week from today. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Gheit emphasized "the necessity for Israel to implement what it promised [with regard to] facilitating the holding of the Palestinian elections."



During the course of the night, IDF forces thwarted the attempted firing of a Kassam rocket towards the Negev, when Israel Air Force helicopters killed the terrorists involved.



Mortar shell and rocket attacks at Gush Katif towns continued in a big way last night. Eight shells hit Gush Katif during the first of the night, and another six after midnight: Four shells hit the community of N'vei Dekalim, another one exploded near the Southern Brigade headquarters, and a Kassam rocket smashed into the town Gadid, damaging a home and two cars.



An estimated 4,000 youths from all over Israel spent the Sabbath in various Gush Katif communities, in an annual show of solidarity with the residents. The ten mortar shells fired at the Jewish communities during the day caused no casualties



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