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October 11, 2002 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-11

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Clockwise from top left:

An Israeli soldier
overlooks the
Palestinian town of
Khan Younis in the
southern Gaza Strip
from an Israeli army
outpost Oct, 7.

Women grieve during
the funeral of one
of the Palestinians
killed after an Israeli
incursion into Khan
Younis Oct. 7 to fight
terrorism. Fourteen
Palestinians were
killed and 100

Palestinian gunmen
shout anti-Israel slogans
during a frneral after
the Israeli raid against
Hamas terrorists.

An Israeli protestor
holds an anti-intifada
poster next to pictures
of victims of
Palestinian attacks
outside the murder
trial of Marwan
Barghouti, a promi-
nent Palestinian
uprising leader.

Gaza Incursion Prompts Speculation

new Israeli military operation has
many wondering if the army now
has the Gaza Strip in its sights. Is-
raeli forces for months have been
engaged in a massive anti-terror operation
in the West Bank, but have not carried out
such operations in Gaza. Several reasons
were given, including the argument that an
incursion into the densely populated area
would lead to heavy Israeli casualties.
Israeli officials also said a security fence
between Israel and Gaza was preventing ter-
rorists from attacking Israeli targets.
In recent weeks, however, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon spoke of the
inevitability of military action in Gaza to
root out the terrorist infrastructure there.
Following a series of Palestinian mortar


and rocket attacks from Gaza, the army car-
ried out a strike in Khan Yunis, in southern
Gaza, early Oct. 7. Fourteen Palestinians
were killed and more than 100 wounded in
the raid on a Hamas stronghold.
On Oct. 8, the White House expressed
concern over Israeli raids "that have resulted
in the deaths and wounding of many
Palestinian civilians." White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer said, "While the
administration supports Israel's right to self-
defense, it is critical that Israeli forces make
every effort to avoid harm to civilians in
exercising that right."
The Israeli army denied Palestinian claims
that a military helicopter fired a missile at a
crowd of civilians outside a mosque. The
army said the missile was fired at armed

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Palestinians with were shooting and throw-
ing grenades at Israeli soldiers.
During the operation, Israeli troops
detained- a Palestinian with a bomb and
blew up a bag containing three mortars,
Army Radio reported.
Shortly after the military operation ended,
Palestinians fired three mortars at an Israeli
settlement in southern Gaza, but caused no
injuries. A senior Hamas official called for
revenge and urged all Palestinian groups to
attack Israel.
Sharon said the Israeli raid had been a
success and that Israel would continue its
anti-terror operations in Gaza. He expressed
regret for the civilian casualties but said
Israel had to prevent future terror attacks.
— Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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