Hamas missile barrage answers Israeli assassination of commander
Special to World Tribune.com
MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE
Monday, October 20, 2003
GAZA CITY Ñ Hamas has launched a missile barrage against Israel in
wake of the assassination of a movement commander.
Hamas gunners fired eight Kassam-class short-range missiles toward
Israel on Sunday. Two of the missiles landed in the western Negev city of
Sderot. The others landed in the surrounding area. Nobody was injured.
The Hamas missile barrage was the largest in months and came
in wake of the Israeli killing of a Hamas commander. Tariq Abu Al Hussein,
39, was killed in an Israeli military operation in a refugee camp outside
the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Abu Al Hussein was believed connected to
the operation of tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt.
On Monday, Israeli combat aircraft and helicopters carried out three
attacks on Islamic insurgency strongholds in Gaza City. Three Palestinians
were killed and about 20 were injured. The Israeli targets comprised a
suspected Kassam missile factory, a Kassam warehouse and a car that
contained two Hamas insurgents.
In the West Bank, three Israeli soldiers on a patrol in the village of
Ein Yabroud were killed in a Palestinian ambush near Ramallah on late
Sunday. The Fatah-dominated Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed