Ha’aretz Daily – Ten Israel Defense Forces soldiers were injured Tuesday morning, one of them moderately and the rest lightly, by two mortars fired at a military base in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip. The injured soldiers were taken to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva. The IDF fired at Khan Yunis in response to the attack.
Police were on high alert Tuesday afternoon in the seam line area near Petah Tikva and Kfar Sava, and in Jerusalem due to terror warning. Roadblocks were places at the entrances to the capital, and public transportation inspections were stepped up.
Security forces on Monday found two suitcase bombs found in an apartment in the village of Zeita, near the West Bank city of Tul Karm, it was released for publication Tuesday.
IDF troops exposed overnight Tuesday an explosives laboratory containing dozens of kilograms of explosive material in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Troops also found an explosive device ready for operation in the building, and blew up the lab.
In Qalqilyah, IDF troops demolished on Tuesday the home of a terrorist who tried to blow up a Tel Aviv cafe six months ago.
Six Palestinians were arrested by the IDF overnight Tuesday in the Nablus area, a day after Israel released more than 100 Palestinian prisoners, most of them criminal detainees.
The first group of released prisoners were brought to the West Bank Monday afternoon via the Salem checkpoint near Jenin. Palestinian sources said Monday that prisoners from the Damon prison in the Carmel were released, most of them convicted of staying in Israel without permits and other criminal offences, and several of them held in custody for 10 months on suspicion of security offences.
The small number of security prisoners released raised the anger of the Palestinian Authority. Their release is a goodwill gesture to the Abu Mazen government.
Troops kill two Palestinians as they place bomb IDF troops killed two armed Palestinians before dawn Monday as they placed an explosive device near a tunnel used for smuggling weapons in Rafah, the IDF said. Palestinian sources said the dead men were activists in the Fatah military wing.
Troops also shot dead a Palestinian farmworker as he tilled a field near an army lookout post in nearby Khan Yunis, also in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported.
During the Rafah operation, troops wounded two Palestinians and discovered a second arms-smuggling tunnel.
Troops also destroyed several houses and dug up a field in their search for the tunnels. The IDF Spokesperson said the houses were empty