Thursday, October 05, 2006

3 Down, Only...How Many Hundreds to Go?

The small but still lethal group, Islamic Jihad, or rather "Palestinian Islamic Jihad" (PIJ) to distinguish them from all of the other Islamic Jihad groups *grin* has lost 3 more of their terrorist ranks in 2 separate incidents today and yesterday in Israel.

While actual numbers of the PIJ are difficult to ascertain (because the group has remained small since its founding in 1979, maxing at--I think--about 250 members) the PIJ has certainly spilled its share of blood.

According to Ha'aretz
On Wednesday, two [...] members of the Islamic Jihad were wounded when the IAF struck a car in Gaza. Another missile hit a car carrying gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the armed wing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.
In an incident today, an IDF spokesman said, IDF'ers shot [21-year-old Yussef Kabalan] as he approached the border fence south of the Kissufim crossing point and tried to plant explosives. In a text message sent to reporters, PIJ confirmed the man was a member of the militant group and said he was shot while approaching the border with Israel.

The IDF press release carries the same facts with the added note that the targetted terrorists were responsible for earlier rocket attacks on the Israeli town of Sderot.

The IDF has a related news release telling of "an aerial attack, targeting a building used for the manufacturing and storage of weaponry, west of Khan Yunes in the southern Gaza Strip."
Prior to the attack on this terror facility the IDF warned the population not to stay in structures that are used by terrorist organizations for the storage of weaponry, in order to ensure the safety of civilians in the area. Terror organizations operate from within civilian population, while cynically exploiting uninvolved civilians and using them as human shields, exploiting their homes to store weaponry and launching rockets at Israeli towns from populated areas.


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