Two Israeli Woman Are Shot by Cowardly Terrorist Snipers

Jerusalem----October 3.....Two Israeli woman were attacked by terrorist sniper fire shortly after 4:00 p.m. today. Islamic terrorists targeted the two civilians from the Abu Sneneh hills outside Ma'arat HaMachpela. A 38 year old woman from Ramat Gan was hit in the chest and is reported to be in moderate to serious condition. A second woman, 19 years old from the Beit v'Gan neighborhood of Jerusalem was hit in the leg and was slightly wounded. Both women were taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

The shooting occurred in the midst of the Hebron Succot Music Festival, which began earlier in the afternoon. Thousands of people from all over Israel arrived in Hebron to celebrate the Succot holiday, worshiping at Ma'arat HaMachpela and visiting the Jewish neighborhoods in the city. The music festival, featuring Hassidic performers, takes place on a large stage in the plaza outside Ma'arat HaMachpela.

Despite the terror attack, Hebron's leadership decided to continued the music festival tomorrow, as planned.

Spokesmen in Hebron stated: "The Sharon Government must now give a green light to the IDF to take all measures necessary to stop the shooting in Hebron. First and foremost, the hills must be taken back under Israeli control." Colonel Dror Weinberg, commander of the Hebron brigade, told Hebron leaders that the IDF will take all measures necessary to allow the music festival to continue tomorrow, as planned.

"We will not acquiesce to Arafat's terror," said a statement from the Hebron Press Office.