Israeli missile kills 7 Palestinians
Updated: 2005-10-28 08:48
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Sharon's demands for a crackdown "do
not serve the peace process and we are ready for a meeting between Sharon and
Abu Mazen without conditions."
In the Gaza refugee camp of Jebaliya, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at
a car carrying Islamic Jihad militants. Hospital officials said at least seven
people were killed and 15 wounded, four of them critically. Among those killed
were four Islamic Jihad members, including Shadi Mohanna, the group's field
commander for northern Gaza.
The missiles struck the white car as it drove through the camp, which was
crowded with people walking in the streets after evening prayers at a mosque.
Two charred bodies were pulled from the wrecked vehicle, and shrapnel and blood
was scattered over a wide area.
Later Thursday, Israeli jets fired missiles at a road leading to northern
Gaza, but there no reports of injuries. The Israeli military said the missiles
were aimed at an open area used by militants to launch rockets.
Also in Gaza, Islamic Jihad said it fired rockets at Israel. However,
witnesses said they landed inside Gaza. There were no reports of casualties.
In a text message sent to The Associated Press, Khader Habib, an Islamic
Jihad spokesman, said the group would strike back. "There will be a painful,
immediate response for tonight's crime," he said.
Islamic Jihad said it carried out the Hadera bombing to avenge the killing of
a top gunman in the West Bank.
The group has repeatedly flouted the cease-fire by claiming it has the right
to retaliate for any perceived Israeli violations. Israel accused Iran and Syria
of assisting the attackers, noting that Islamic Jihad is funded by Tehran and is
based in Damascus.
Wednesday's attack came hours after
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised suicide bombings and said Israel
should be "wiped off the map." Israeli leaders called for Iran to be expelled
from the United Nations for the president's comments, which drew wide
A Palestinian medic treats a wounded youth
injured in an Israeli missile attack in Jebaliya, at the Kamal Edwan
hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Oct. 27,
Security officials said Israeli troops would intensify the hunt for Islamic
Jihad members and step up targeted killings. In the northern West Bank ¡ª an
Islamic Jihad stronghold ¡ª the army plans to dig trenches and erect earthen
barriers to disrupt Palestinian travel and make it harder for attackers to reach
In the West Bank town of Jenin, soldiers backed by helicopter gunships
arrested Abdel Halim Izzedine, an Islamic Jihad leader, at his home. Izzedine
had rarely spent time there in recent weeks for fear of arrest but surfaced
Thursday. He was speaking by phone to an Israeli TV reporter when Israeli troops
pounded on his door.
West Bank commander Brig. Gen. Yair Golan said Izzedine, considered as a
political leader, was arrested because he had ties to Islamic Jihad's military
Israel, the United States and the international community had hoped the Gaza
withdrawal would jump-start peace efforts. But the two sides have so far failed
to capitalize on the opportunity.
Among the unresolved issues is the reopening of Gaza's border with Egypt,
which Israel closed shortly before the pullout due to security concerns. The
Palestinians say the border must be reopened and other travel restrictions must
be lifted for Gaza's economy to recover. Israel wants to be able to monitor
security issues at the border.