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April 15, 2003
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Palestinian terrorist murders two Israelis

With the coverage of the war in Iraq we might forget that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades continue every day to attempt to murder women, children and anyone who is not Muslim.

Unfortunately the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that today the Palestinian murderers succeeded in killing two Israelis:

Two Israelis were killed and three wounded when a terrorist infiltrated the Karni Terminal in the north Gaza Strip, threw grenades and shot at workers and drivers at the terminal before he was killed by security guards.

Zachar Hanukayev, 38 of Sderot, a fork lifter at the terminal and Ahmed Qara, 20 of Shuafat, a driver who reached the terminal with a truckload of medication for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, were killed in the attack.

The wounded, a security guard, a truck driver and a fork lifter were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

The Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the perpetrator as Mohammed Yunis, 18 of Jaballiya and claimed he was avenging the IAF's targeted killing of a Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip a week ago.

One of the victims, Ahmed Qara, 20, was an Israeli Arab Muslim. There are over one million citizens of Israel who are Arab Muslims, have the right to vote and political parties of their own. See the Democracy page for details.

I copy the full article below.

Two Israeli civilians, one officer killed in day of violence
By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH, Apr. 15, 2003
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Two Israelis were killed and three wounded when a terrorist infiltrated the Karni Terminal in the north Gaza Strip, threw grenades and shot at workers and drivers at the terminal before he was killed by security guards.

Zachar Hanukayev, 38 of Sderot, a fork lifter at the terminal and Ahmed Qara, 20 of Shuafat, a driver who reached the terminal with a truckload of medication for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, were killed in the attack.

The wounded, a security guard, a truck driver and a fork lifter were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

The Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the perpetrator as Mohammed Yunis, 18 of Jaballiya and claimed he was avenging the IAF's targeted killing of a Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip a week ago.

Security and Airports Authority officials meanwhile are studying the footage on the closed circuit cameras posted in the terminal in an attempt to determine how Yunis entered the Israeli side of the complex armed with grenades and a weapon without being detected by the security guards deployed in the area.

Yoni Dotan, the terminal director, said officials were also investigating whether Yunis received assistance from the Palestinian workers in the terminal. "I cannot understand why the Palestinian Preventive Security officials failed to apprehend him," he said.

The terminal meanwhile was shut down and will remain closed at least until the end of the week pending a government decision officials said. "The people who will suffer because of the attack are the Palestinians who are not involved in terror," officials told the Jerusalem Post.

The terminal set up in the wake of the Oslo Accords is used to transfer merchandise and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and take out agricultural produce grown by Palestinian farmers slated for markets locally and abroad.

Lt. Col. Adi Ashkenazi head of the economic desk at the Gaza district liaison office described the terminal crossing as the "main lifeline for the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, a symbol of goodwill and Israeli investment, the terminal is a modern, mechanized and smooth running operation aimed at serving the Palestinian people," he said.

Ashkenazy noted that the terminal operates daily from the early morning and closes late at night. In recent months operations at the terminal flourished and officials were recording over 14,000 entrances and exits a month. "Nothing good can come out of such an attack," he said.

Close to noon, Yunis entered the crossing from the northern side of the terminal, passed through the workers area and security posts set up to check the trucks entering and leaving the Gaza Strip and entered the Israeli side of the terminal where he threw grenades, and with his automatic weapon, shot at workers and drivers.

In the first blast of automatic fire he wounded three Israelis and then continued on his rampage killing Hanukayev and Kra. Rami Hadad, deputy director of the terminal, praised the security guards saying their rapid and swift response prevented further casualties and averted a greater tragedy.

Contractor Rami Sabati said he was on the Palestinian side of the terminal when he spotted Yunis who he said acted strangely. "I saw this Palestinian worker who wore a sort of flak jacket and kept his hands close to his sides, it was strange. Seconds later I heard explosions and gunfire," he said. In such cases regulations require that drivers remain in their trucks he said adding that the gunfire continued for some time. "I don't understand, we come here to transfer merchandise to the Palestinians and that is the thanks we get."

Truck driver, Avi Halevy, said he heard the gunfire and immediately hid under his truck.

Canadian born IDF officer, Lt. Daniel Mandel, 24 of Alon Shvut was killed and another soldier moderately wounded during an initiated operation to arrest Hamas and Tanzim fugitives in the Raffidiyah neighborhood in Nablus early Tuesday.

The soldiers, who belong to a Nahal Brigade reconnaissance unit, approached the building where the fugitives were known to be hiding and surrounded it, calling on the occupants inside the house to surrender.

The five-storey building is one of several that houses students, who attend the nearby An Najah University, considered a Hamas stronghold. Two of the wanted fugitives, Nahal Sahal of the Hamas and Tanzim fugitive Wadai Tikrouri, turned themselves over to the troops.

A third fugitive, Mazan Farihat, walked out of the house and then began shooting at the troops outside mortally wounding Mandal in the upper body and a second soldier. Mandel succumbed to his wounds shortly after.

Farihat meanwhile fled back into the building, his body was found by the troops shortly after. The second soldier who suffered from a number of gunshot wounds was taken to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba where his condition was upgraded from serious to satisfactory after undergoing surgery.

A third soldier, Aharon Kiv, was lightly wounded in the gun battle but did not require hospitalization. He later insisted on attending Mandel's funeral in Kfar Etzion in the afternoon telling reporters that Mandel was the best commander he ever had.

According to IDF officials Farihat was in charge of the Tanzim infrastructure in the Nablus area and was involved in the double suicide bomb attack in Neve Sha'anan in Tel Aviv in January this year in which 23 Israelis were killed and 106 wounded; and the suicide attack at the French Hill in June last year in which seven Israelis were killed and 37 wounded. Sahal was involved in the plotting of numerous attacks and Tikrouri is considered an expert bomb maker.

Posted by David Melle at April 15, 2003 03:01 PM
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