Monday, July 30, 2001 Av 10, 5761 Israel Time: 21:37 (GMT+3)
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IDF helicopters strike in Gaza, hit Palestinian weapons 'factory'
By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz Correspondent and Ha'aretz Service and Agencies
Israeli attack helicopters launched a strike Monday afternoon at a Palestinian police headquarters
in the Gaza Strip, which security sources said was being used to produce mortars.
Two Palestinians were injured in the attack, Israel Radio reported.
The compound is near the home and offices of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, though he
was out of the region at the time of the afternoon attack.
"The new Israeli crime will never harm the strong will of the Palestinian people to achieve freedom
and will not stop the resistance to occupation," Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, an Arafat aide, said about the
Earlier Monday morning a seven-year-old girl was lightly injured by shrapnel from a mortar that fell
on the settlement of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.
Shrapnel from the shell penetrated two houses in the settlement; the girl was treated at the scene
and was not hospitalized.
Palestinians also fired four mortar shells at the Gaza Strip settlement of Netzer Hazani, no
injuries were reported.
An IDF force from the engineering corps entered into Palestinian controlled territory near the
Karni-Netzarim road in the Gaza Strip and destroyed a number of buildings, before leaving the area.
The buildings had supplied cover for Palestinian gunmen, who carried out shooting attacks on the
In the West Bank, near the Tapuah junction, Palestinians fired on an Israeli bus lightly wounding
the driver in the leg. He was taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.