Sunday, May 9, 2004

A group of mourners who had come to the area where the Hatuel family was massacred were themselves fired on by Palestinian terrorists who had apparently snuck into the area dressed as women.

JPost: Mourners come under gunfire at Kissufim

At least three Palestinian terrorists opened fire early Sunday evening on several hundred mourners gathered at the Kissufim crossing, where Tali Hatuel and her four daughters were murdered a week ago.

No one was wounded in the attack, but several people were treated for shock.

IDF soldiers fired a shell toward two suspected terrorists and soldiers shot a third suspect. Soldiers searching the area discovered the body of a Palestinian man dressed in women's clothing but found no weapon near his body. Officials said the search would resume at daybreak...

Eran Shternberg, spokesman for the Gaza Coast Regional Council, said several terrorists approached the road and opened fire. Soldiers and armed residents returned fire as men, women, and children lay on the ground and crouched near parked cars, seeking cover from the gunfire. A bulletproof bus drove up to the site and women and children boarded it as armed civilians with weapons stood watch.

"We coordinated the gathering with the army, and soldiers were securing the area when the terrorists began shooting," Shternberg said. He blamed the High Court of Justice and judicial system for preventing the army from demolishing the Palestinian homes that are located in close proximity to the Kissufim road and used by terrorists to launch attacks. An appeal on the issue is being reviewed by the court.

Speaking on Channel 1, Brig.-Gen. Shmuel Zakai, the Gaza division commander, did not respond when asked why the army did not prepare accordingly and deploy enough troops to safeguard the residents.
In Judea and Samaria, shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle driving on the access road leading to Har Bracha yesterday evening. No one was wounded but several bullets hit the car.
A bomb was detonated near troops in Anabta east of Tulkarm. No one was wounded in the attack.

Last week, work began on the construction of a fence on both sides of the road near Kfar Darom leading to the Mor Bridge and from there along the Kissufim road as far as the Kissufim crossing, to prevent terrorists from targeting Israeli cars.

The Kissufim road is the main route for residents entering and leaving Gush Katif.

On Sunday morning, a Kassam rocket was fired into the western Negev. No one was wounded in the attack. Later in the day shots were fired at an IDF base near Neveh Dekalim in Gush Katif.

A special IDF unit operating in Bethlehem arrested Nasser Saweilan, who was armed with a handgun and told officials he had planned to attack soldiers at a nearby checkpoint.

In Rafah, eight Palestinians were arrested after they were discovered digging a tunnel near the Egyptian border early on Sunday morning. Security officials noted that since the town was divided in 1982, the tunnels have been used not only to smuggle weapons and fugitives but also cigarettes, car parts, electrical goods, foreign currency, gold, drugs and cloth.

The officials noted that since the outbreak of violence in September 2000, the Palestinian Authority has failed to prevent construction of the tunnels. Since the beginning of 2004, IDF soldiers have uncovered 11 tunnels, and since September 2000, a total of 90 have been uncovered and destroyed.

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