Report: IAF helicopter fires missile, tanks roll into Gaza refugee camp

Arnon Regular and Amos Harel

Haaretz Correspondents

The Israel Defense Forces fired a missile at a target in the city
of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, Palestinian
security officials said.

Other reports claimed about 15 people were injured in the missile strike, and that IDF tanks rolled into the refugee camp.

IDF officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said an operation "against the terrorist infrastructure" was in progress in Khan
Yunis, but they did not know of any missiles fired by attack helicopters.

Palestinian killed, 10 wounded by IDF in Nablus clashes
A Palestinian teen was killed and 10 other Palestinian youths were injured in clashes with IDF forces Tuesday in Nablus. According to Palestinian sources, several IDF jeeps neared Nablus' Clock Square and were met by several dozen stone-throwing youths. Soldiers opened fire with live ammunition and rubber bullets, injuring 11, including Salim Kosa, 18, who later died of his wounds.

Two Israelis were lightly injured in a combined shooting and bombing attack Tuesday near the Barkan industrial zone west of Ariel. At 6 A.M., assailants detonated a bomb and opened fire on a reinforced Israeli bus driving along the Trans-Samaria Highway. One bus passenger and the driver of a nearby car were hit by shrapnel and taken to hospital.

A search of the premises revealed another unexploded device that was safely defused by the bomb squad. The assailants escaped. The IDF believes two terrorists planned to detonate the bombs simultaneously on both sides of the road. After one bomb exploded, a terrorist opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle, emptying a clip toward three buses and four cars on the road.

Each car was hit by a single bullet. The shooter left behind an empty clip and three full ammunition clips.

The terrorists belonged to the Hamas network in the town of Salfit, south of Ariel, and planned the attack to avenge the IDF's killing of an armed Hamas member in Salfit on Saturday.

The IDF and Shin Bet this week completed arrest of a Tanzim cell in the neighboring village of Azarriyeh, whose members attempted a similar attack several weeks ago, with no casualties.

There were also shooting attacks Tuesday in Nablus and Rafah, with no Israeli casualties.

In Nablus' Balata refugee camp, Palestinians exposed IDF paratroopers that had taken over an apartment. The soldiers fired at armed Palestinians who arrived on the scene, injuring two of them. Several other residents were injured, mostly by rubber bullets. The paratroopers subsequently withdrew.