Fatah Terrorist Among Those Killed in Counter-Terror Operations
by Ezra HaLevi
(IsraelNN.com) The IDF continues to conduct counter-terror operations in Judea and Samaria – even against Fatah terrorists.
Two terrorists, one from Fatah’s Al-Aksa Brigades and the other from Islamic Jihad, shot at IDF soldiers in the Jenin-area village of Kafr Dan Tuesday night. The soldiers returned fire, killing the two terrorists, both armed with IDF standard-issue M-16 assault rifles.
Several other terrorists opened fire at the troops, and a bomb was thrown at the IDF force. No injuries were reported, however, and 15 wanted terrorists were arrested – three from Hamas and two from Fatah in Shechem; five in Kfar Jit, an area village; and five Hamas terrorists in Bethlehem and area villages.
Haaretz and other Israeli media have taken to referring to the Al-Aksa Brigades as “a violent offshoot of Fatah,” despite the fact that many of its members moonlight as officers in the PA police forces and receive salaries from Fatah.
IDF in Gush Katif Area
One IDF soldier was moderately wounded during an operation of the Givati Brigade in central Gaza Wednesday morning. The soldiers were targeted by sniper fire and anti-tank missiles while operating near the Kissufim Crossing, which leads to the destroyed Jewish communities of Gush Katif. They returned fire, hitting two terrorists, killing one. The wounded soldier was evacuated to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Hospital.
The soldiers were targeted again by anti-tank missiles in a separate incident. They returned fire, hitting two more terrorists, who managed to flee the area.
Hamas, the Hamas-affiliated Popular Resistance Committee and Islamic Jihad said that two of their members had been killed in fighting with IDF soldiers in the area and three wounded. They said undercover IDF soldiers had been operating in the village of Kurara and, when discovered, they were reinforced by six tanks, two Armored Personnel Carriers and a bulldozer.
Israeli motorists were targeted by Arab stone-throwers near Hawara, south of Shechem, and Dir Daboun, near Ramallah Tuesday evening. Neither attack caused injuries, but the cars in both were damaged.