Friday, September 5, 2003

The IDF sends naval commandos into Nablus, shells and destroys 2 floors of a 7-story apartment building in an apparent attempt to assassinate or capture wanted Hamas mbr. Muhammad Hanbali; the incursion sparks a gun battle in which Hanbali, 1 IDF commando are killed, 4 commandos are wounded; the IDF then demolishes the entire apartment building, saying it suspects Hamas mbrs. are still inside; no bodies are found. The IDF also bulldozes 1 Palestinian home, 22 dunams of land, 2 irrigation networks in Rafah; fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis, Rafah; fires on stone-throwing Palestinians in Bayt Furik, wounding 2. An Israeli dies of injuries received in the 8/19 suicide bombing, bringing that toll to 22. (AFP, BBC, HA, MM 9/5; WP, WT 9/6; PCHR 9/11; MA 9/12 in WNC 9/16)