Shooting Attack in Southern Israel; Two Israelis, Two Palestinian Attackers Killed

Published February 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Two Israeli female soldiers were killed and at least five other Israelis were wounded in an armed attack at the entrance to the Israel's Southern Command headquarters in Be'er Sheva on Sunday. The two Palestinian shooters were also killed. 


According to eyewitnesses, the armed attack was carried out by two Palestininas who opened fire around 1.30 P.M. (local time) from a car, near the entrance of the military base.  


One of the gunmen had explosives strapped to his body, and police sappers were defusing it. The gunmen's vehicle was also being examined to ensure that it is not booby-trapped.  


Qassam Rockets 


About two hours before the attack in Be`er Sheva, Palestinians fired three Qassam rockets into Israel territory near the Gaza Strip.  


There were no injuries in this attack.  


One of the missile slammed down between two tractors working in a kibbutz field northeast of Gaza City, Army Radio reported.  


Israeli tanks fired several shells in the direction of the launching position.  


Troops later discovered the time-delayed triple launcher.  


If the investigation confirms that the ballistic device was a Qassam rocket, it will mark the first time Palestinian fighters have used the new weapon, which has a range of over four kilometers. (

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