Dec 26 2009
IDF kill three Fatah gunmen responsible for Thursday’s fatal shooting of Meir Avshalom Hai in roadside ambush in West Bank. In another incident, three Palestinians killed in air strike near Gaza border while apparently trying to infiltrate Israel.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement on Saturday in the West Bank city of Nablus, medical officials and sources with the group said.
The shootings came two days after Meir Avshalom Hai was killed in a roadside ambush in the West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state. The army said the three gunmen had carried out the attack on Hai.
Central Command chief Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi said, “The IDF and the Shin Bet will act with resolve against all those looking to harm the State of Israel’s citizens and security forces. We will not rest until we settle the score with those involved in last week’s deadly attack.”
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah was one of two Palestinian militant groups that claimed responsibility for what was the first fatal shooting of an Israeli in an attack by militants in the territory in eight months. Medics said soldiers entered the casbah of Nablus as well as the Ras al-Ayin region at around 4 am on Saturday. Then soldiers surrounded the homes of the Palestinians before shooting and killing them. YNET NEWS