Israel Reenters Tulkarm: Under PA Control, Town Became Islamic Jihad Refuge

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Israel Defense Forces Wednesday reentered the West Bank city of Tulkarm. "This operation was mounted in order to carry out pinpoint arrests of the Islamic Jihad terrorists behind the Netanya suicide bombing," a military source said. The town had been formally under PA security control. Military sources say the PA is not doing anything to thwart terror attacks and that Tulkarm has become a refuge for Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad militants in and around Tulkarm have been responsible for the deaths of ten Israelis in attacks in the past six months. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has also ordered to halt all talks between Israeli and Palestinian defense officials.

2005-07-13 00:00:00

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