Thursday, September 21, 2006

IDF Declares Closure on Gaza & West Bank

The Jerusalem Post reports:
In the wake of specific terror warnings, the army has declared a closure on Palestinian areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz will convene his security cabinet after Rosh Hashana to decide whether to lift the closure.
The IDF web site reports as of today (times are local to Israel--gotta love the time difference):
As of 07:48hrs: Palestinians launched two Qassam rockets at Israel a short while ago. One landed in an Israel city in the western Negev, causing damage. The other landed in an open area in the same region, causing no injuries or damage.

As of 11:02 hrs: A special Border Police force arrested a wanted Islamic Jihad terrorist in Bethlehem. During the operation Palestinians rioted, hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks at the force. A second special Border Police force arrested a wanted Hamas terrorist near Abu Dif, west of Jenin, and took him for questioning.

As of 11:14 hrs: IDF forces are operating on the outskirts of Rafah to arrest wanted Palestinians. A number of arrests have been made. Forces earlier observed an armed gunman and fired at him, killing him. Other armed Palestinians threw grenades and opened fire at the forces from rooftops, leading to exchanges of fire in the area.

Just to keep all this in perspective--that is, the IDF is not necessarily over-reacting here--take a look at the death tolls, as recorded and reported by the IDF, due to terrorist actions inside Israel over the last 5 years. Notice the number of civilian Israelis killed not to mention that the small arms attacks account for the majority of the deaths and injuries.

We'll have to wait and see what occurs in the next 48 hours, but since right now in Israel people are preparing for the start of the Jewish High Holy Day, Rosh Hashanah, the terrorists' spike in violent attacks cannot be discounted as non-coincidental.


Blogger Goesh said...

Molotov cocktails kill. Anyone throwing one should be shot with intent to kill. Rocks injure and can maim. Anyone throwing a rock should be shot with intent to wound.

Fri Sep 22, 08:02:00 AM CDT  

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