ISRAELI TEENS MURDERED IN ARAB TERRORIST ATTACK
8......Another barbaric terrorist attack hit Israel late last night
killing five Israeli teens. The young Israelis were shot to death
as they lay sleeping in a school dormonitory. Another 23 Israeli
students were wounded when a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the
settlement of Atzmona in the Gaza Strip just before midnight.
police reports, the terrorist opened automatic rifle fire and threw
fragmentation grenades where the youths were sleeping. After a bloody
20 minute shooting spre, the terrorist was shot dead by soldiers.
The wounded were taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, where four
terror victims were listed in serious condition and six others sustained
moderate wounds, Magen David Adom said.
Victims in critical
and serious condition were taken by bulletproof ambulances to the
Kissufim crossing, where medics stabilized their condition before
they were flown by helicopter to Beersheba's Soroka Hospital.
The IDF searched
the community to ensure that no additional terrorists were at large.
During the ordeal, residents were asked to remain in their homes
and turn off their lights, and members of the community's emergency
response team were deployed.
names of the five dead teenagers are:
Marcus, of Jerusalem
Tal Kurtzvail, of Bnei Brak
Ariel Zana, of Jerusalem
Eran Pikar, of Jerusalem
Arik Robiak, of Beit El
caller identified the gunman as Muhammad Farahat, a youth from Gaza,
and said he was a member of the Hamas military wing, Izzadin Kassam.
The caller said he carried out the attack to avenge Israel's killing
of Palestinians in a spate of military raids into refugee camps.
the terrorist entered the community from the direction of Rafah,
in the southwest sector of the Gaza Strip, and cut through two perimeter
at home and I heard an explosion, apparently from a grenade... and
then I heard a long burst of gunshots," resident Yisha Zmiri
told Army Radio. "All I can see are ambulances and army."
In other related
terrorist attacks, a Palestinian suicide bomber walked into a Jewish
settlement's hotel complex in the West Bank and blew himself up
in the lobby, injuring four people.
bombing was thwarted at a Jerusalem cafe when the restaurant owner,
a waiter and a customer jumped the man, shoved him outside and grabbed
his bag after they saw wires dangling from it.
In the northern
Israeli city of Pardes Hanna, a resident spotted a suspicious object
in a shopping center and called police. As a bomb disposal team
approached, the bomb exploded, police said. No one was hurt.
has never declared war on the Palestinians. Israel fights back against
terror organizations in the framework of its right of self-defense.
He who started this war has the power to stop it, but continues
to prefer a war of terrorism," Sharon's office said in a statement.