Israel Deploys Heavy Artillery to Gaza, Sends Navy Boats to Coast after Bomb Attack

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Izzat Ramini - Ramallah 



The Israeli navy stationed boats off the Gaza Strip on Monday, and the army reinforced heavy artillery near the Karni crossing point after a bomb attack against a school bus near the Kfar Darum Jewish settlement that killed two Israelis and injured 16 others, Palestinian security sources said. 

Witnesses said a flotilla of some 10 navy craft could be seen cruising off coast in the Mediterranean sea, and the army brought in artillery pieces to the Karni crossing point near Gaza City between Israel and the Gaza Strip. 

The sources told that Israeli forces have reinforced 155mm and 185mm heavy artillery, which are usually used for massive destruction purposes.  

The display of force came as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak convened his security cabinet amid calls for reprisals against the bus attack. 

The Palestinian leadership denied it had links with the attack, and said it would investigate the incident. 

In the meantime, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister, Ephraim Sneh, said the blast was connected to the "Palestinian military establishment," but that he did not hold Palestinian President Yasser Arafat personally responsible, according to AFP. 

The attack on a school bus "can be traced back to the Palestinian military establishment," Sneh told a press conference in Jerusalem. 

"Most probably, the attack was not connected to the Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Hamas. These terrorist attacks are connected to the Palestinian military establishment," he said. 

Three separate groups claimed responsibility for the attack, however, Haaretz newspaper reported that three members of the Islamic Resistance Hamas movement carried out the attack -  





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