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Brigades claim killing of two Israeli guards in Tulkarem industrial zone

April 25, 2008 11:19 A.M. (Updated: April 25, 2008 11:19 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Tulkarem - Ma'an report - Five Palestinian resistance factions have claimed responsibility for shooting dead two Israeli security guards in the Tulkarem industrial zone on Friday.

Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades say they carried out the attack in co-ordination with the relatively unknown Al-Awda wa Nidal Brigades and the Ahrar Al-Muthalith Brigades, who are based inside Israel.

A spokesperson telephoned Ma'an and said that three of their members targeted Israeli the security guards, using only one gun. They then escaped.

"The operation was two weeks in the planning and so the brigades rejected the ceasefire talks with Israel by Hamas and other factions," the spokesperson said.

The military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds brigades and the Al-Qassam Brigades the military wing of Hamas, also claimed responsibility for the operation in Tulkarem.

They sent a joint statement to Ma'an giving details of the operation - "At 5.15 am at dawn on Friday one of the resistance fighters was able to reach get into the location disguised as a woman. He went from near Tulkarem to the region of Nitzanei Shalom, which is the industrial zone located between the territory of Tulkarem and the lands of 1948. He then changed into a worker's uniform and went to the area at 7.17 am at the same time as Palestinian workers enter the factories. The Palestinian youth that shot the guards was slightly injured but managed to escape safely."

The two Israeli guards were shot dead in the Nitzanei Shalom industrial zone near the West Bank city of Tulkarem on Friday morning. According to an Israeli army radio report, the Palestinian killed the guards and escaped. Ambulances and large numbers of Israeli troops then rushed to the scene.

The victims were named as 53-year-old Shimon Mizrahi, from Beit Hefer, and 50-year-old Eli Wasserman, from Alfei Menashe.

Israeli sources added police believe the attacker had managed to get into the heavily guarded industrial zone to carry out the shooting as the guards were shot at close range.

Ma'an's correspondent said the Israeli army is carried out a large-scale military operation in the west of the city, near the area where the two Israelis were shot dead. Troops conducted house to house searches and installed military checkpoints in the streets.
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