Saturday, April 14, 2007

PA Claims to Shoot Israeli Soldier

Date: 14 / 04 / 2007
Time: 10:54

Gaza - Ma'an New Agency - The Fatah-affiliated Al Aqsa Brigades and the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), announced responsibility for shooting an Israeli soldier.

The brigades claimed that they shot the soldier while he was in a watchtower at the military post east of Al Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

In a joint statement the brigades said that the soldier was directly hit and was seen falling to the ground.

The brigades stated that Israeli forces arrived at the scene and exchanged gunfire with the group members who managed to safely return to their base.

The statement also confirmed that the operation is part of the retaliation for Israeli "aggression against Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip."

GI Notes:

1. No confirmation could be obtained from Israeli security services at this time
2. Israel withdrew all its forces from the Gaza Strip in August of 2005 and thus any shooting of this kind (into a watchtower) would have been across the established lines into non-disputed Israeli territory
3. Earlier this week Lebanese news sources reported that Lebanese forces opened fire on IAF planes flying over the southern Lebanese town of Ba'albek. The IDF spokesperson claimed in an interview to the Jerusalem Post that no such incident occurred.

Our thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA for bringing this information to our attention.