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IDF kills five Gaza activists in car blast

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  • Ami Isseroff
    IDF kills five Gaza activists in car blast By Amos Harel and Amira Hass http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=125826 Five Palestinians
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2002
      IDF kills five Gaza activists in car blast

      By Amos Harel and Amira Hass
      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=125826

      Five Palestinians were killed yesterday in the Gaza Strip when the car in which they were traveling
      exploded on the road between Khan Yunis and Rafah. The Israeli defense establishment refused to
      comment officially on the incident, but security sources confirmed that the men had been the target
      of an Israel Defense Forces operation.

      The five were identified as Ibrahim Jarbu'a and Mohammed Abu Sneime, of the Democratic Front for the
      Liberation of Palestine; Majid Muamar, a member of Hamas; Ayman Buhaderi, of the People's Party; and
      Nasser Abu Idra, a Fatah activist.

      Salah Zidan, a senior member of the DFLP in the Strip, said that the assassination of the five was
      proof that the recent political talks between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and senior members of the
      Palestinian Authority had not changed a thing and that Sharon was only using them to stave off
      international pressure. The organization has vowed to avenge the killings.

      The incident occurred at around 9 A.M., on the stretch of road between the Sufa roadblock and Rafah.
      Four of the occupants of the car were killed instantly in the explosion; the fifth was evacuated to
      a hospital in the Gaza Strip in critical condition and died yesterday evening from his injuries.

      Palestinian eyewitnesses reported seeing two Israel Air Force helicopters and a drone hovering over
      the area at the time of the incident, but based on the findings at the scene, it appears that the
      blast was caused by an explosive device that was in the vehicle itself.

      According to members of the PA's security forces who conducted an investigation at the scene of the
      explosion, the five, all of whom had been involved in hostile activities against Israel in the past,
      had been armed with pistols and rifles.

      Nabil Abu-Rudeineh, an adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, blamed the IDF for
      the attack and called on the United States to restrain Israel's aggression, while Arafat said the
      operation had shown that Israel was not interested in restoring quiet, but in military escalation.

      Despite the lack of an immediate Palestinian reaction to the incident, the IDF believes that the
      DFLP will attempt to carry out revenge attacks against Israeli targets in the Strip in the coming
      days.

      Elsewhere in the territories yesterday, an Israeli Arab from Umm al-Fahm was moderately to seriously
      injured in a roadside shooting attack south of the Shaked settlement in the Jenin area. Ghaslan
      Mahjana, a researcher for the B'Tselem human rights group, was traveling in car bearing Israeli
      license plates when he came under fire directed from a Palestinian vehicle at the side of the road.

      Mahjana was treated at the scene by an IDF medical team and then transferred to Ha'emek Hospital in
      Afula.

      Palestinian sources reported that three factories in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Strip had been
      damaged early yesterday morning after being hit by four Israeli missiles. The sources said that the
      factories damaged included a large joinery that was completely burned out, a large sewing workshop
      that was also destroyed and a metal-painting plant.

      The sources added that residences near the factories had also been damaged as a result of the blast
      and the thick smoke.

      Israeli sources said that the target of the missile attack had been a mortar-manufacturing plant.

      An IDF soldier was lightly injured yesterday afternoon in an exchange of gunfire with Palestinians
      close to the Neveh Dekalim settlement in the Katif Bloc, while a second soldier was lightly injured
      after being hit in the head by a rock in Ramallah.

      Two explosive devices were discovered and defused by IDF sappers in the area of Tul Karm in the West
      Bank; a third device was neutralized near Rafah in the Strip.

      Shooting incidents without Israeli casualties occurred yesterday in Tul Karm, Dolev (west of
      Ramallah), along the Tunnel Road in the Bethlehem area, south of Hebron, at Gadid and Ganei Tal in
      the Katif Bloc, and in Rafah.

      An Egged bus came under gunfire yesterday evening close to the neighborhood of Issawiye in East
      Jerusalem. The No. 174 bus was traveling along the Jerusalem-Ma'aleh Adumim road and was empty at
      the time of the incident. This was the first time that Israeli vehicles traveling in the area have
      come under live fire from the direction of Issawiye, although there have been incidents involving
      stones and Molotov cocktails in the past.
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