Thursday, August 31, 2006

Israel - Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade head killed

Excellent news.

THE Israeli army today killed the leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the West Bank town of Nablus, security and medical services said.

Fadi Khafisha, 29, was killed in Nablus' old town in an exchange of fire with Israeli soldiers.

And they killed Fatah's head suicide vest maker.

On top of that, Israel's security sweep is getting good results.

Soldiers from the Givati Brigade have been operating in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shajaiyeh since Saturday and have so far killed at least 25 Palestinians, while wounding another 15.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed that in a joint operation with the IDF, soldiers discovered a large tunnel extending more than 150 meters from a home in Shajaiyeh to the Israeli-run Karni cargo crossing. The tunnel, security officials said, was to have been used by terrorists to launch an attack against the Israeli side of the crossing. [...]

Later in the day, troops discovered and destroyed two Kassam launchers, used earlier that day to fire rockets at communities in the South.

On Tuesday, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Palestinians were currently digging some 20 tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Early Wednesday morning, the IDF fired an artillery shell at a Palestinian anti-tank cell and killed three of its members. Later, another two Palestinians were killed by IDF gunfire.

At least one of those killed was a gunman and another was shot while trying to launch a rocket-propelled grenade, doctors and security officials said.

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