Jewish settlement attacked; PA condemns Israeli air strike in Tubas

Published August 31st, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

One Israeli was seriously wounded and another was moderately wounded Saturday evening in a shooting attack at the settlement of Bracha, close to the West Bank city of Nablus.  

 

The Palestinian gunman, who infiltrated into the settlement, was shot dead by Israeli troops, Israel Radio reported.  

 

Police have said that there are no more gunmen inside the settlement. 

 

Tubas raid 

Earlier, two Israeli helicopter gunships ambushed a car in the West Bank on Saturday afternon, killing four Palestinian activists inside with a double missile strike, Palestinian witnesses said.  

 

Jihad Sauafta, a 27-year-old activist from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was seriously injured. Israeli military sources later confirmed that the strike was an assassination attempt.  

 

Another missile struck a nearby house, killing a nine-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl and wounding seven other people.  

 

One of those killed in the car was identified as Rafat Daraghmeh, a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades sought by Israel. The two others were teenagers.  

 

Hospital officials said that a ten-year-old boy and six-year-old girl standing near the car when the missiles struck were also killed. Seven other people were injured in the strike, witnesses said.  

 

The Palestinian Authority condemned the strike, accusing Israel of "undermining" peace efforts.  

 

"I condemn this brutal act of murder. This is a continuous policy of assassinations conducted by the Israeli government that aims to undermine all efforts to revive the hope of peace," said PA cabinet minister Saeb Erekat.  

 

"What is the sense of hitting a building with no militants or wanted men inside, only civilians?" Tubas Mayor Diab Abu Khezaran said. (Albawaba.com)


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