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IDF shells Palestinian posts after murder of Israeli teen

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  • Ami Isseroff
    IDF shells Palestinian posts after murder of Israeli teen By Amos Harel, Ha aretz Correspondent, and agencies
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 26, 2001
      IDF shells Palestinian posts after murder of Israeli teen

      By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz Correspondent, and agencies


      [June 27]IDF tanks shelled Palestinian police posts in the West
      Bank early Friday, the morning after Palestinians shot and killed an Israeli teenager near his home
      in the settlement of Givat Ze'ev. Ronen Landau, 17, was hit several times by a sniper's bullets as
      he was traveling with his father on the road between Jerusalem and Modi'in on Thursday night.

      IDF tanks responded early Friday by shelling two Palestinian police posts in Surda, north of
      Ramallah, the Palestinian political and commercial center in the West Bank.

      Tanks then targeted three positions belonging to Force 17 - Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser
      Arafat's elite guard - in Beitunia, east of Ramallah, the IDF said. No serious injuries were

      Witnesses in Ramallah said the boom of tanks shells echoed
      through the city until the early hours of the morning.
      Helicopters hovered overhead throughout the assault.

      The shooting on the road is the latest in a series of attacks on Israeli vehicles in the area. Two
      Israelis were killed and several wounded earlier this year in a spate of attacks on the
      Jerusalem-Modi'in road. IDF officials attributed this to members of Arafat's Fatah party and Force

      Eyewitness Dekel Cohen told Israel Television that he heard gunshots Thrusday night and saw a car
      with Israeli licence plates swerve onto the sidewalk. "People took someone out and started to treat
      him. Then an ambulance came," he said. Cohen said he heard more gunshots a few seconds later.

      Minister without Portfolio Dan Naveh said he was driving on the same highway shortly before the
      shooting. "Here we have another murderous attack," he told Israel
      Television. "This shows [Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser] Arafat's true face as a terrorist."

      David Baker, a spokesman in the Prime Minister's Office, said the attack showed that the
      Palestinians have decided to continue with this trail of terror directed at Israel.

      After the shooting attack late Thursday, The Council of the Settlements in Judea, Samaria and Gaza
      Strip (Yesha council) called for an end to the imaginary and bleeding cease-fire, a reference to a
      truce negotiated last month by CIA director George Tenet. The truce never fully took

      Earlier Thursday, three bombs exploded near Israeli vehicles in the northern part of the West Bank.
      No one was hurt. One bomb went off next to a bus carrying Israeli girls home from school, settlers
      said. The bus had armor plating, preventing injuries.

      Two other bombs were set off near IDF vehicles, the military said. The vehicles were damaged.
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