Israel Moves Against Hamas

(Ha'aretz) Israeli tanks and soldiers battled Palestinian gunmen Wednesday in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, a known stronghold of Hamas and Islamic Jihad forces. Palestinians reported 11 dead, including a suicide bomber who tried to blow up a tank. There were no Israeli casualties. Soldiers blew up four workshops used for manufacturing weapons, the IDF reported. (AP/Jerusalem Post) "The IDF activity was conducted for the purpose of halting continuous Palestinian attacks against Israelis inside and outside the Gaza Strip. We have seen a marked increase in these attempts recently and Israel is determined to stop this terror before Israeli citizens in the area are hurt," David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's Office, said Wednesday.

2003-02-19 00:00:00

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