Palestinian Terrorists launch rocket on Israeli city and murder two children

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have bombed the Israeli city of Sderot and murdered two children:

Dorit, aged 2, and Yuval, aged 4 Two Israeli kids murdered by Palestinian Terrorists

A Kassam rocket hit a path between two houses in the southern town of Sderot Wednesday afternoon killing two children, aged two and four.

The two children, both members of the same family, were later identified as Dorit Aniso, 2, and Yuval Abebeh, 4.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene of the attack on Moshe Rabenu Street also treated seven people, one of whom sustained serious wounds and the other six were moderately wounded.

Paramedics also assisted 19 other people, who suffered from either light shrapnel-wounds or shock. [...]

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, which the group said was in revenge for the "crimes committed by the Zionist enemy" in the Gaza Strip [...]

The terrorist bastards from Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Yasser Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades reject peace with the State of Israel and call for the genocide of her Jewish citizens.

For a list of mass murders and bombings executed by these Palestinian terrorists, click here. For more information on Yasser Arafat and his support for the deliberate murder of women and children, click here.

I copy the full article below.





Two young children killed in rocket attack on Sderot
By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH, Sep. 28, 2004, Link

A Kassam rocket hit a path between two houses in the southern town of Sderot Wednesday afternoon killing two children, aged two and four.

The two children, both members of the same family, were later identified as Dorit Aniso, 2, and Yuval Abebeh, 4.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene of the attack on Moshe Rabenu Street also treated seven people, one of whom sustained serious wounds and the other six were moderately wounded.

Paramedics also assisted 19 other people, who suffered from either light shrapnel-wounds or shock.

The wounded have been taken to the Barsilai Hospital in Ashkelon and the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

Social workers and counselors from the Immigration and Absorption Ministry and the Israel Police have been called for to assist the wounded, their families, and traumatized residents.

Police chief Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi visited Sderot this evening and instructed the police to increase their presence in the city in order to assist residents.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, which the group said was in revenge for the "crimes committed by the Zionist enemy" in the Gaza Strip where four Palestinians have been killed over the last two days.

An IAF helicopter struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip soon after Wednesday's deadly attack on Sderot, wounding two Palestinians.

A second strike hit nearby minutes later.
The target of the first strike, near the Jebaliya refugee camp, was not immediately clear.

The IDF also imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip dividing it into three sections with roadblocks set up at the Tanchier Route, the Gush Katif junction, and the coastal road west of Netzarim.

The move is designed to prevent Palestinians from traveling between the north and south and to hamper the transfer of rockets and weapons by terrorists.

Sderot mayor Eli Moyal said that it is not the time to criticize the failure of the army to halt rocket attacks on the town.

Speaking on Israel Radio shortly after the attack Moyal said, "if the IDF receives the proper instructions I am sure the rocket attacks will stop."

"As far as I am concerned they can wipe out Beit Hanun or elsewhere in Gaza but now we need to focus on burying our dead. Later there will be time to criticize."

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Moyal and vowed to toughen military actions against Palestinian terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday evening, angry Sderot residents gathered near the scene of the attack and shouted "Death to the Arabs."

The attack comes despite the presence of Israel Defense Forces Givati, Golani and Combat Engineering units in the northern Gaza Strip, where they have been operating since Tuesday night in an attempt to halt Kassam rocket attacks on Israeli communities. The troops have taken up positions on the outskirts of the Jabaliyah refugee camp, Beit Hanun and Beit Lahiya.

About 110 Israeli vehicles - including tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers - swarmed throughout a swath of northern Gaza that terrorists have used as a staging ground for rocket attacks on Israel, witnesses said.

A female Palestinian worker was lightly wounded when a Kassam rocket fell in hothouses at Ganei Tal, an Israeli community south of the Kissufim crossing. The woman was treated on site by medics. Shortly after, a mortar shell landed in the yard of a house in an Israeli community in Gush Katif. No casualties were reported, but the house was damaged.

According to security officials, troops took up positions granting them a vantage point of the area and are expected to remain there at least until the end of the Succot holidays.

Palestinian sources claim 4 dead in exchanges with soldiers, including Hamas activist Taufik Abu Sharafi who was killed in gunfights as forces entered the camp, a 17-year old youth who threw stones at the soldiers, and two other residents.

Basher Hamouda, 55, who fled with his family, criticized the destruction caused by the repeated Israeli raids, but also questioned the wisdom of the Palestinian rocket attacks.

The terrorists need "to look around and see what mortar shells and rockets brought to northern Gaza ... nothing but destruction and killing," he told the Associated Press.

Palestinian combatants in the northern Gaza Strip were quick to engage the advancing IDF forces. On Wednesday, an IAF helicopter fired a missile at a group of Palestinians preparing to launch a Kassam rocket from the Jabaliyah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. At least one of the cell members was hit, Army Radio reported.

Soldiers also shot at two Palestinians trying to plant a bomb. According to Palestinian reports one of the Palestinians was killed by IDF gunfire, but the second man may also have been fatally wounded.

Meanwhile, in the West Bank city of Jenin, two Palestinians were killed when undercover Border Police units (Mistaaravim) attempted to stop a suspicious taxi thought to be carrying Palestinian fugitive Ahmed Chalabi.

According to initial findings, solders deployed in the Jenin refugee camp spotted a car leaving a house where fugitives are suspected to have been hiding. The soldiers called on the driver to stop, but he ignored their warning. Instead, he sped away and eventually crashed into a wall. The car overturned, killing the driver, Muhamed Bitar. A second man was spotted leaving the car, attempting to flee the site. Soldiers called on him to stop, and when he didn't - shot and killed him. The man later turned out to be Chalabi's brother in law - Rateb Abu Taleb. Abu Taleb's wife, who was also in the car, was detained briefly, questioned and then released.

Chalabi himself had apparently exited the taxi before the chase began.

IDF officials said the fact that the two dead men ignored warnings to stop supports suspicions that they were either fugitives or involved in terrorist activities. The incident is still being investigated by troops at the site.

Also on the West Bank, a wanted Palestinian man was killed in Nablus when he tried to flee Israeli troops who had come to arrest him, the army said. Palestinians identified the man as Majdi Halifa, a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which is linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

Two soldiers were lightly wounded when 5 mortar shells hit Netzarim in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning. The soldiers were taken to Soroka hospital in Beersheba.

North of the Kissufim crossing a bomb was detonated near soldiers. No one was injured in the attack.

Earlier this month security forces were deployed in the town, but despite their presence the Kassam attacks on Sderot and mortar attacks on Gush Katif continued. At least four Kassam rockets were fired at Sderot and kibbutzim in the western Negev on Tuesday. Damage was caused to a backyard wall in the town and 10 residents were treated for shock.

Mofaz promises crackdown

While visiting Sderot Monday night, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told angry and frightened residents that the army would take additional steps to halt the attacks.

While he refrained from divulging details, he said their request for security is a legitimate one and and that it is the government's responsibility to provide security for its citizens.

Since the end of 2001 when Hamas took the decision to launch rocket attacks, more than 460 Kassams have hit Israel, IDF outposts, and settlements in the Gaza Strip. Fifteen have hit since the beginning of this week alone, causing damages, injuries and intense fear in the town of Sderot.

Early Tuesday evening, soldiers from a combat engineering unit arrested three Palestinians in the village of E-Ram who had in their possession 10,000 M-16 bullets. According to officers, the three are suspected of smuggling weapons to terrorists in the West Bank. The bullets were hidden inside a barrel in the home of one of the suspects.

Northwest of Nablus, security forces uncovered two weapons and 80 M16 bullets during searches in the village.

Posted by David Melle
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