Young Israeli father murdered by Palestinians

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A young Israeli man was shot dead by Palestinian terrorists in a passing vehicle as he traveled through Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") on Monday evening.

Ido Zoldan, 29, who is the first fatality resulting from Palestinian terrorism in months, leaves behind a wife and two small children.

An armed wing of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' own Fatah movement claimed credit for the murder, calling it an act of protest against Palestinian participation in the upcoming US-hosted peace summit scheduled to take place in Annapolis, Maryland later this month. The assailants found refuge from Israeli security forces in an nearby Palestinian town.

In other terror-related news, the Israeli army intercepted three Palestinian terrorists as they attempted to infiltrate southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Monday night. Israeli soldiers killed two of the terrorists, while the third managed to flee back into Gaza.

Earlier on Monday, Palestinian crews operating out of northern Gaza fired five rockets and 18 mortar shells into southern Israel. There were no injuries in the barrage, but a female Israeli soldier was treated for shock after one of the rockets slammed into the coastal town of Ashkelon.

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