IDF troops arrested Yasser Ibrahim Nazaal, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees in northern Samaria, in Kabatiya, south of Jenin on Monday evening. Nazaal was among nine Palestinian operatives nabbed by troops operating in the West Bank town. Soldiers found a Kalashnikov rifle in one of the buildings they searched in the area and during the operation, Palestinians opened fire on the troops. No one was wounded and no damage was reported. Earlier Monday, Palestinians fired two mortars at IDF troops near the Karni crossing on Monday afternoon. The troops returned fire. No IDF casualties were reported. Meanwhile, a Kassam rocket landed near a strategic facility in an industrial zone in Ashkelon. No casualties were reported, but several structures sustained damage. Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades later claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier Monday, three Kassam rockets landed in the western Negev. No one was wounded, and no damage was reported. Since the ceasefire was declared last month, 55 Kassam rockets have been fired at southern Israel.
Netanyahu accuses Olmert of aiding terror
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday that Israel would not sustain the policy of restraint for long in face of continued rocket barrages.
Meanwhile, the IDF increased its activities in the Palestinian territories. Palestinians reported that an Islamic Jihad operative was critically wounded in clashes with IDF troops.
Early Monday morning, IDF troops arrested five Palestinian fugitives terrorists in the West Bank.
Two Fatah operatives were caught in Nablus, and a Tanzim operative was arrested north of Ramallah. In the Bethlehem area, an Islamic Jihad operative and a Tanzim member were arrested.