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Israel's army enters Nablus to stop the Palestinian murderers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorists from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades will have to face the consequences for deliberately murdering women and children:
Large contingents of IDF Paratroopers, Armored Corps and engineering units swept into Nablus early Wednesday morning as part of Israel's response to the deadly terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night, in which five Israelis were murdered. The army focused on the casbah market in the center of the northern West Bank city and on the nearby Balata refugee camp, where Hamas and Tanzim terrorists have resurrected their terror networks. [...]
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IDF thrusts into Nablus to crush Hamas and Tanzim terror networks
Large contingents of IDF Paratroopers, Armored Corps and engineering units swept into Nablus early Wednesday morning as part of Israel's response to the deadly terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night, in which five Israelis were murdered. The army focused on the casbah market in the center of the northern West Bank city and on the nearby Balata refugee camp, where Hamas and Tanzim terrorists have resurrected their terror networks.
The Nablus operation is the largest IDF incursion into the city since Operation Defensive Shield in April. Planning of the operation began several weeks ago, media sources reported, and IDF commanders have been given "unlimited time" to complete their missions. Though the terrorist gunman who perpetrated the Kibbutz Metzer attack is assumed to have been sent by a Tulkarm-based Tanzim cell, intelligence reports indicated that Nablus is the source of most of the recent Palestinian terrorist efforts.
Security officials described Nablus as a "hothouse for terrorists." The recent terror attacks at Emanuel, Ariel and Kfar Saba originated in Nablus-based terror cells. In addition, security forces recently thwarted the attempts of five suicide bombers to leave on their terror missions from the city.
Shortly after midnight Israeli troops took up forward positions around Nablus to prevent wanted terror suspects from attempting to escape. At about 2 a.m. the major IDF incursion began, with tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers entering the city from a number of directions backed up by IAF helicopters. Palestinian sources reported as many as 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers entering the city.
Military officials said that during the course of the incursion Palestinian gunmen sporadically opened fire on the Israeli troops, but no injuries were reported.
The Associated Press reported that Israeli troops stormed dozens of homes in Nablus and ordered residents to stand outside for identification purposes. Several explosions were heard near the city's casbah quarter, apparently set off by soldiers breaking open doors.
At least ten Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror activities were arrested in Nablus, while nearly 30 terror suspects were arrested during an additional IDF operation overnight in Bir Zeit, just north of Ramallah.
On Tuesday, some thirty IDF tanks, armored personnel carriers and jeeps entered Tulkarm and the nearby refugee camp. The army told the Associated Press that it had arrested three men before withdrawing several hours later. In addition, soldiers demolished the home of Tulkarm Tanzim leader Mohammed Naifa, responsible for dispatching the Metzer gunman. The gunman, who has not yet been caught, was identified as Sirhan Sirhan, a distant relative of the terrorist who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.
Security officials believed the Nablus operation could last "several weeks" until its objectives were met. On Sunday the army withdrew from Jenin after a sixteen day operation that culminated with the killing of Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Sawalha, who masterminded the Megiddo and Karkur terror attacks.
Ha'aretz reported that the most-wanted men on Israel's list in the Nablus area are Hamas members Mohammed Hanabli, Nasser Asida and Ali Ilian, who all managed to escape previous operations in the city.
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