IDF shells Palestinian posts after murder of Israeli teen
- 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.