3 soldiers wounded in sweeping anti-terror operations

Monday, October 29, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Three Israeli soldiers were lightly-to-moderately wounded overnight Sunday as Israeli forces operated against Palestinian terrorists in numerous locations across the Gaza Strip and so-called "West Bank."

At the Sufa Crossing between Gaza and southern Israel, two Israeli reservists were lightly wounded during a fierce exchange of fire with Palestinian terrorist gunmen belonging to the ruling Hamas movement. One terrorist was confirmed killed in the battle. The Israeli force was sent to the area to push the Palestinian militants back from the Gaza security fence from where they had been launching mortar and rocket attacks on southern Israel, reported Army Radio.

Israeli ground forces also operated in the area of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, the launch pad for most Palestinian artillery attacks on southern Israel.

In the West Bank - the areas of biblical Judea and Samaria - a young Israeli soldier was moderately wounded by Palestinian gunfire during an anti-terror raid in the town of Nablus that netted three wanted terror suspects. Israeli forces also entered Ramallah and Bethlehem where they arrested a further 20 suspected Palestinian terrorists.

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