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>JN Feb. 11, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 28
Shekel Continues to Fall Against the Dollar
The financial community explains the latest devaluation of the
shekel against the U.S. dollar is the result of the Sunday
afternoon fatal terrorist attack in Beersheva.
As a result, the shekel is trading at 4.71 to 1 U.S. dollar.
Israeli Jets Strike Gaza Strip
By Dan Ephron (VOA News-Tel Aviv) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israeli jets have struck targets in the Gaza Strip hours after
Palestinian gunmen killed two female Israeli soldiers near the
army's southern headquarters in Beersheva.
Palestinians say at least 18 people were wounded by the Israeli air
strikes on a metal works and a security post in Gaza City.
The air strikes were in retaliation for Sunday's attack when
Palestinian gunmen jumped out of a car and fired automatic weapons
at soldiers on their lunch break. The troops returned fire, killing
the two gunmen, but not before two women soldiers were shot dead
and 18 other people wounded. The Hamas militant group claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called a meeting of his security
cabinet and blamed Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, saying he has
done nothing to prevent attacks by militant groups like Hamas.
During his talks in Washington, Sharon failed to persuade
President George W. Bush to cut off ties with Arafat.
Also Sunday, Israeli military officials say Palestinians fired as
many as two rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The rockets
landed in field, causing no damage or injuries, but Israel said
this was a serious escalation. Sharon had warned of a severe
response if Palestinian rockets strike Israeli communities.
The Palestinian gunmen who killed two women in the Beersheva attack
near an army base were shot dead by bystanders. Police said the
Palestinians climbed out of a car and sprayed bullets at a cafe
near the base. One woman was killed instantly and a second women
died later of wounds sustained in the attack.
The IDF censor has permitted the publication of the names of the
terror attack victims, both soldiers. They are Lt. Keren Rotstein,
20, from Ashkelon, and Corp. Aya Malachi, 18, Ein HaBasur.
Witnesses to the shooting, including several soldiers, charged the
gunmen and opened fire. They killed one of the militants and chased
the other into a parking lot, where soldiers shot him dead. One of
the Palestinians wore an explosive belt which sappers later
detonated, according to police. For hours, helicopters hovered
overhead, searching for a third man, but police said later that
only two gunmen were involved.
The tragedy could have been many times greater had one of the
terrorists managed to detonate the explosives pack he was later
found to be wearing on his person.
Upon landing in Israel Sunday afternoon, Sharon again blamed
Arafat, saying, "Jewish women were murdered as a result of
terrorism for which Arafat is directly responsible." Taken together
with Sharon's declared search for a successor for Arafat, this
statement seemed to imply that Abu Ala, Abu Mazen, and Mohammed
Rashid, with whom Sharon met 10 days ago, do not share
responsibility for the murderous terrorism.
At about 1:30 p.m. a beige Mazda Lantis occupied by two or three
terrorists drove to the area of Palmach Street in the Old City of
Beersheva, stopping and spraying the area with automatic gunfire.
Being in direct proximity to the army's Southern Command
Headquarters, there were many soldiers on the street, some hit by
the gunfire, others ducking, while Maj. Guy Shacham drew his
handgun, neutralizing one terrorist. The major stated the two were
dressed in civilian garb, adding the shooting did not last for more
than 10-20 seconds, "the longest in my life," he added.
Mubarak: 'Chaos' if Anything Happens to Arafat
By VOA News
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has warned of chaos in the Middle
East if what he calls any "misfortune" should happen to Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat.
The Egyptian leader said he was not defending Arafat as an
individual but was speaking for "the cause of peace and stability
in the region." He said if anything untoward should happen to
Arafat, all countries in the region, including those that support
Israel, would be plunged into chaos.
Mubarak described as a serious matter the virtual confinement of
Arafat, who has been restricted by the Israeli army to his
headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah since December 3.
Israel has said the confinement will continue until some wanted
Palestinian terrorists are handed over to Israel.
Mubarak said he is in constant contact with all parties to try to
resolve the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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