They were probably trying to kidnap more Israelis, or at least kill as many as possible: Israel thwarts Palestinian infiltration.
An Israeli police robot lifts the body of a dead Palestinian man near the Israeli village of Netiv Haasara, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007. Two Palestinian militants infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip early Saturday, attacking an Israeli military position before soldiers tracked them down and killed them, Israeli officials said. The incident raised the death toll to eight Palestinians in less than 24 hours of Israeli-Palestinian violence. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
JERUSALEM – Under the cover of fog, two heavily armed Palestinian militants used a rope and ladder to scale a border wall Saturday and enter Israel from Gaza, attacking an army base with explosives and gunfire before they were tracked down and killed by Israeli troops. …
In Saturday’s early morning raid, the militants took advantage of darkness and weather conditions to slip into Israel near the Erez border crossing, said Col. Moni Katz, an Israeli commander. “There was thick fog that enabled us to see only a few meters (yards) ahead,” he said. Katz said four militants approached the wall, but only two of them climbed into Israel. Soldiers showed reporters the rope the attackers used to slide down.
Maj. Tal Lev-Ram, an Israeli army spokesman, said there was “an intention to carry out a large attack in Israeli territory.” He said the militants were armed “head to toe” with grenades and automatic weapons. …
In Gaza, three militant groups â€” the Popular Resistance Committees, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades â€” claimed responsibility in a joint statement.
An Al Aqsa official confirmed the fog had created a “golden opportunity,” adding the border farming community of Netiv Haasara was the target. He was not authorized to talk to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The groups also issued a farewell video made by the two dead attackers in which the men, wearing green and brown camouflage, read verses from the Quran and said the attack was for the sake of God and the Palestinian homeland. The men brandished automatic weapons, and flags of the three groups were in the background.
* All of it has nothing to do with Islam, of course.Â
Â Here’s the report from the Pali-news-agency:
Israeli Soldiers Kill 2 Citizens in North Gaza Strip
RAMALLAH-BEIT LAHIYA, August 25, 2007 (WAFA)-Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed on Saturday two citizens in the north of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources said.
Hospital sources at al-Shifa hospital told WAFA that Khader Okal 20, and Mohammed Saqer were killed as Israeli soldiers opened fire towards citizens’ houses in Beit Lahiya town, north of the Gaza Strip.