Israeli Raid into West Bank and Violence in Gaza
July 16th 2005
Shooting between the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services and the
Hamas military wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades left two
Palestinians dead and more than 30 wounded.
This stems from an incident on Thursday evening when Palestinian
Policemen fired at a group of Hamas operatives returning from
attacks against Israel. The operatives fired rockets into Israel
from the Northern portion of the Gaza Strip according to Harretz
Before dawn on Friday operatives from Hamas mounted an assault with light
arms, grenades and RPG’s (Rocket Propelled Grenades) on the 2nd
Brigade National Security headquarters. The operatives then
scattered among hundreds of civilians making it difficult for the
police to fire back.
The clashes continued through Saturday in the Southern part of Gaza
City. Militants deployed at intersections and on rooftops managed
to hit three armored police vehicles with antitank rockets and
Many of the police wore masks to hide their identity. This is because of
previous vendettas against police. In one incident a police officer
has been executed.
The PA has said they will continue to use force to prevent future
attacks. Israel may be preparing to send tanks across the border,
according to reports from the UK, as the civil war descended into
violence. Condoleezza Rice will make an emergency visit to the
Middle East this week to lend support.
that the PA President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israeli policies for the
tensions. In a televised address on Saturday, Abbas said "we hold
the Israeli government fully responsible for the consequences of its
policy, which reflects a step backward from what we had achieved ...
and sabotaged any chance to maintain the truce".
He went on to
say Israel is trying to incite the Palestinians. "This is what
Israel wants to achieve to allow it to renege on its agreements and
to use this as an excuse to destroy what we have achieved recently
in Cairo through political diplomacy."
The Arab News
Organization said that the Israelis and Palestinians are blaming
each other, and this has led to violence killing 11 Palestinians and
6 Israelis in four days. This has put a “huge stress” on the
informal ceasefire initiated five months ago.
Herald (India) reported that Israel launched a ground raid into the
West Bank today arresting 26 Palestinians.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
Keywords and misspellings: Palistinian Authority
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