Israel Line (Prepared by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Wednesday, August 1, 2001
FIVE ISRAELI MOTORISTS WOUNDED BY PALESTINIAN GUNMEN; 23 MORTAR SHELLS FALL
ON JEWISH COMMUNITIES
Five Israelis were wounded by Palestinian gunmen in a roadside ambush on
Tuesday night as they traveled in two cars on the Talmon-Dolev road in the
West Bank, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. One of the motorists, Michelle Kam,
of Dolev, sustained serious injuries from gunshot wounds to the chest and
stomach. Her husband, Mark, was shot in the thigh and the hip and their son,
Itai, 17, was lightly wounded by bullet fragments. The occupants of the
second car, also from Dolev, suffered light wounds. They were taken to Sheba
Hospital at Tel Hashomer for treatment. Security forces searched for the
terrorists, who they believe fled to nearby villages under the control of
the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, a Border Policeman was lightly wounded by Palestinian gunfire
this morning in Hebron. The gunmen fired from the Abu Sneineh neighborhood
overlooking Hebron's Jewish community. Also in Hebron, Palestinians threw a
bomb at an Israel Defense Forces roadblock near the Tel Rumeida section of
the city today, as well as several firebombs at a Border Police post next to
the city's Jewish neighborhood. No injuries were reported.
In other incidents, Palestinians fired 23 mortar shells on several Jewish
communities in the Gaza Strip, including Ganei Tal, Neveh Dekalim, Morag,
Netzarim, Netzer Hazani and Atzmona on Tuesday evening. No injuries were
reported. Overall, more than 20 Palestinian gunfire attacks were recorded
throughout the night on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, and approximately 80
grenades were fired or thrown at IDF troops.
Meanwhile, a bomb exploded today in the parking area behind the King David
Hotel in Jerusalem. There were no injuries or damage caused. Also in
Jerusalem, the neighborhood of Gilo came under Palestinian gunfire on
Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.
Commenting on the targeting of Hamas headquarters on Tuesday, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon said, "The IDF targeted a group of senior Hamas
members who perpetrated terrorist acts in the past, and were in the process
of planning further terrorist acts." He added that "the IDF acted to prevent
acts of murder and terrorism against Israeli civilians." The Hamas
terrorists targeted were responsible for 10 terrorist attacks that killed 34
Israelis, most of whom were under the age of 18, and wounded 333 Israelis.
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