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November 23, 2002
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New: Palestinian homicide/suicide dinghys

The Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad (holy war) tried to murder dozens of women and children by packing a boat full of explosives and searching for a civilian target. An Israeli patrol boat spotted the terrorists' dinghy and made sure the Palestinian murderers did not get anywhere:

Four IDF Navy sailors were wounded late Friday night after two Palestinians sailed their fishing boat up to a patrol boat off the Gaza Strip coast and detonated an explosive device, Israel Radio reported.

The sailors on a Dabur patrol boat who were on a regular patrol - spotted a fishing vessel crossing into an area forbidden to Palestinian boats.

When the two people on the boat refused calls to turn around, the troops sprayed them with water and fired warning shots in the air, the army said. The boat then exploded, wounding three soldiers moderately and a fourth lightly, the army said.

Israel built an electronic fence around Gaza, stopping all Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers from carrying on their attacks. A similar fence is being built around the West Bank - soon it'll be much harder for Arafat and his thugs to commit their daily murders.

I copy the full article below.

Four navy sailors wounded in Gaza suicide boat bombing (Update)
By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF, Nov. 23, 2002
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?
pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/
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Four IDF Navy sailors were wounded late Friday night after two Palestinians sailed their fishing boat up to a patrol boat off the Gaza Strip coast and detonated an explosive device, Israel Radio reported.

The sailors on a Dabur patrol boat who were on a regular patrol - spotted a fishing vessel crossing into an area forbidden to Palestinian boats.

When the two people on the boat refused calls to turn around, the troops sprayed them with water and fired warning shots in the air, the army said. The boat then exploded, wounding three soldiers moderately and a fourth lightly, the army said.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility and called the attack a suicide mission. A statement from the Islamic group said its boat full of explosives rammed the Israeli patrol boat, sinking it, and that an Israeli rescue boat retrieved the four casualties. The army said the patrol boat was damaged but made it back to shore.

In a statement released in Beirut, Islamic Jihad's military branch the Al-Quds Brigades identified its members on the boat as Jamal Ali Ismail, 21, from al-Breij, and Mohammed Samih al-Masri,19, from Beit Hanoun.

A senior IDF officer said that only the alertness of the patrol prevented a much larger attack.

The officer said that the fact the terror organizations are forced to attempt unconventional operations like this is indicative of the difficulty they have in launching attacks from the Gaza Strip.

The IDF closed the Mediterranean waters off Gaza, barring all Palestinian fishing after the attack, defense officials said.

(With The Associated Press)

Posted by David Melle at November 23, 2002 09:35 AM
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