Sunday, June 19, 2005

Claiming retaliation for recent arrest raids and attacks on its mbrs., Islamic Jihad, the Abu Rish Brigades (a Fatah offshoot) take responsibility for 2 Palestinians firing an antitank round at an IDF post on the Rafah border, killing 1 IDF soldier, wounding 2; firing a rocket-propelled grenade at IDF soldiers and civilian laborers working nearby, causing no injuries; the IDF fires back, killing 1 Palestinian militant, while the 2d escapes; Israel vows to launch a crackdown on Islamic Jihad. The IDF also conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Bethlehem and in Jenin, Tubas. (WP 6/20; OCHA, PR 6/22; PCHR 6/23)