Another 10-month-old baby falls victim to a terror attack
- Jerusalem Post
(16:00) Israeli infant seriously wounded in Gaza mortar attack
By The Jerusalem Post Internet Staff and The Associated Press
April, 03 2001
Palestinians fired three mortar shells at Atzmona, also know as Bnei Atzmon,
in Gush Katif a short while ago, seriously wounding a baby boy and lightly
wounding his mother and another person.
Magen David Adom medics transferred the three to Soroka Hospital in
The 10-month-old baby was wounded in the head and spine by shrapnel,
according to doctors at the hospital.
An additional two mortar shells fell fell harmlessly south of the community.
Residents of Atzmona and surrounding communities are on high alert for the
possiblility of more mortar shells being fired at them and have been ordered
to enter bombshelters, Army Radio reported.
The mortar attack came eight days after a 10-month-old Israeli girl was shot
dead by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank city of Hebron, provoking
outrage among Israelis.
The first incoming mortar "wasn't so close, but before we could get the
women and children into the shelters we heard another, and then another," a
Jewish settler, identified only as Ya'acov, told Israeli radio.
About 6,500 Jewish settlers reside in small, heavily guarded enclaves in
Gaza, where more than 1 million Palestinians live. The settlers have been
targeted for attack throughout the Palestinian uprising, which erupted more
than six months ago.
Despite a US plea for calm, Israelis and Palestinians traded fire overnight
in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with each side blaming the other for
the surge of violence in recent days.
Israeli air strikes, Palestinian suicide bombings and raging gun battles
have raised tensions over the past week, and neither side expressed optimism
that the more than six months of fighting would end soon.
"It seems the Palestinian Authority not only instigates terror, but members
of its security forces are actually participating," said Raanan Gissin, a
spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"Violence is going to lead them nowhere," Gissin said.
But a top Palestinian security official, Mohammad Dahlan, said Sharon's
government was carrying out a military offensive to undermine the
"The Israelis make the Palestinian security forces a target simply because
they represent the Palestinian Authority, even if these forces do not take
part in the clashes," Dahlan told a news conference in the West Bank city of
In a pair of lethal attacks Monday, an Israeli soldier was shot dead during
an intense firefight in the biblical town of Bethlehem, and a Palestinian
militant was killed in a helicopter rocket assault as he drove his pickup
truck in the southern Gaza Strip.
The shooting carried on into the night, with Palestinians firing two mortars
at an Israeli industrial area on the northern border of the Gaza Strip, the
army said Tuesday.
Israeli troops came under fire in three additional locations in Gaza and the
West Bank, and returned fire, the army added.
Using a tow truck, Jewish settlers from the West Bank delivered a car
riddled with bullets to the street outside the residence of Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's official residence in central Jerusalem.
The settlers, who have come under frequent attack by Palestinian gunmen, say
they are angry that the prime minister has not used greater military force
in an attempt to end the Mideast violence.
"Ariel Sharon hasn't kept his promise to change in a dramatic way the
handling of terrorists. Each day of restraint costs Jewish blood," said
Bentzi Lieberman, a settler leader.
No peace talks have taken place since shortly before Sharon was elected two
months ago, and there is no prospect for their revival at present.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called Sharon on Monday seeking calm in
the region. Sharon told Powell that Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority
was responsible for escalating violence, and Israel must take steps to
protect its citizens, according to an official in Sharon's office, who
Powell also called Arafat, and the Palestinian leader asked for help in
ending what he called Israeli aggression, said Arafat's spokesman, Nabil
Since the fighting began in September, 458 people have been killed,
including 375 Palestinians, 64 Israeli Jews and 19 others.
Eli Adler, a resident on Moshav Atzmona, told JPost Radio his community
would never even consider a temporary evacuation despite the three mortar
shells fired into his moshav this afternoon.
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