MINE KILLS THREE IDF SOLDIERS
IDF Was Protecting Civilian Convey Under Terrorist
15........A powerful PA terror land mine exploded last night killing
three IDF soldiers and wounding another soldier near the Netzarim
The IDF Spokesman
said that, before the mine explosion, a roadside bomb had been detonated
and shots fired at a civilian convoy of cars and a bus between Netzarim
and the Karni crossing linking the Gaza Strip and Israel.
vehicles and a tank arrived, the tank ran over a "very sophisticated
anti-armor device," a military source said. The
tank crew was driving along a dirt side road when the mine detonated.
The turret was blown off, pinning one of the soldiers underneath
the tank and setting it on fire, the spokesman said.
killed in the abush were: St. Sgt. Moshe Peled, 20, from Rehovoth
and Sgt. Asher Zaguri, 21, from Shlomi.
One wounded soldier was taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. IDF
units sealed off the area and conducted searches.
security forces recently moved into Palestinian towns and
searched for Arab terrorists for 24 hours in response to the
firing of two Palestinian-built Qassam-2 rockets into Israel
from Gaza on Sunday.
forces recently moved into Palestinian towns and searched for Arab
terrorists for 24 hours in response to the firing of two Palestinian-built
Qassam-2 rockets into Israel from Gaza on Sunday. A little more
than a week ago, the IDF announced it had seized a shipment of eight
Qassam-2 missiles as they were being smuggled by terrorists between
two West Bank cities.
an explosion and saw a blue flash in the orchard area," the
convoy bus driver, identified as Itzik, said. "We
continued in the bus toward Karni, while the jeep behind stopped
to open fire at the spot where it looked like the terrorists were."
Hamas and Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah both claimed responsibility
for the attack.
by the Saladin Brigade, the military wing of the Popular Resistance
Committees group, said the attack was in response to the Wednesday
killing of five Palestinian policemen during an IDF raid in the
to the killing of five soldiers of the national security forces
and in response to the raid on our cities and villages... Saladin
Brigade detonated two roadside bombs against a Zionist convoy...
then sprayed the convoy with machine-gun fire," said the statement
received by Reuters.
The United States
Department of State has declared the Saladin Brigade as a terrorist