IDF to Target Senior Islamic Jihad Leaders

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Senior Israel Defense Forces sources said Tuesday that in the wake of recent terrorist attacks orchestrated by Islamic Jihad, it has been decided to resume targeted interceptions of senior leaders of the group, which were stopped after the February Sharm el-Sheikh summit. The IDF intends to act also against those assisting to carry out terrorist attacks and not only pursue militants referred to as "ticking bombs." If necessary, the military will also enter West Bank cities under Palestinian control. "Islamic Jihad has taken itself absolutely out of the [cease-fire] agreement with its attacks, and so from our view, we are operating fully against them, as we did before," said Lt. Col. Erez Winner, a senior commander in the West Bank. "Anyone we know who is affiliated with this organization is a legitimate target." More than ten mortar shells and one Kassam rocket were fired at Gaza Strip settlements on Tuesday.

2005-06-22 00:00:00

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