Israeli army begins operation in Nablus

Sunday, February 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Israeli army raided the Samarian town of Nablus on Sunday morning in an operation targeting terrorist organizations, calling it “activity against terror infrastructures.”

Israel Defense Forces officials said the large-scale operation would end only after all its goals were achieved. Troops entered with about 80 jeeps and several bulldozers for the purpose of demolishing explosive labs. They also closed the main entrance to the city and placed the more than 50,000 residents in the town under curfew.

Nablus continues to serve as a center for terrorist activity against Israeli targets. Most intelligence security warnings against terror attacks come from the Nablus region.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli aircraft were providing covering fire. The Palestinians also reported that IDF soldiers took over several observation posts in the city. Two soldiers were lightly wounded after Palestinians threw a pipe bomb in their direction. Troops arrested one Islamic Jihad member after a lab used for making explosives was uncovered (photo).

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