Islamic Jihad: IAF missed group's cell

Army says it fired missile at operatives involved in attacks; IDF officer lightly wounded in Bil'in.

October 4, 2007 17:04
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IAF strike in Gaza nice . (photo credit: AP [file])


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The air force fired a missile at a car in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon, but apparently missed the intended targets and wounded some passersby instead. The attempted strike wounded three civilians, Islamic Jihad and Palestinian medical officials said. The three were lightly to moderately wounded, according to Palestinian sources. The IDF said it attacked the car because it was carrying terrorists involved in firing rockets and mortars at Israel. Thursday night a Kassam rocket fell in the Nir Am region, but caused no damage. Twelve mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza over the holiday and three landed in a community in the south-western Negev. No one was wounded and no damage caused. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, an officer was lightly wounded Thursday afternoon when rocks were thrown at IDF forces in Bil'in. He was initially treated at the scene and then transferred to the hospital for further treatment. Rocks were also thrown at an Israeli vehicle southeast of Kalkilya. No one was hurt but the car sustained damage. At the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus, soldiers discovered two knives on a Palestinian on Thursday evening during a routine check. The knives, seven and 11 centimeters long, were confiscated and the man was turned over to the security services for questioning. On Wednesday, a Palestinian was killed by IDF fire during a raid in southern Gaza, Palestinian doctors said. The IDF said that during an operation against terror infrastructure, the force identified an armed Palestinian and wounded him. Nearby, a Hamas gunman was killed when an RPG he was handling went off. The IDF also said that two outposts along the security fence in central Gaza came under fire, but no one was wounded and no damage was caused. Elsewhere, a Hamas gunman died of wounds in an explosion blamed on Israel. However, Israel denied involvement. Meanwhile, Hamas said a member was killed digging a tunnel near the Israeli border. Two others were hurt. AP contributed to this report.

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