Gaza snipers wound Israeli minister's guard

Friday, April 04, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian Arab snipers operating along the Gaza security fence wounded one of the bodyguards of Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter while the latter was leading a delegation of Canadian pro-Israel advocates on a tour of threatened southern communities on Friday.

The 30-year-old guard was moderately wounded and evacuated to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition.

During the attack, Dichter and his foreign guests, members of the Canada-Israel Committee, were forced to lie flat on the ground to avoid being hit themselves.

Dichter, a resident of the nearby coastal city of Ashkelon, was nearly hit last month during a tour of the area when Gaza-based Palestinian forces fired rockets at his entourage. Another of his guards was wounded in that attack.

In other violence, a Jewish man was found stabbed and bleeding outside a gate leading to Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday. Witnesses cited by Israel National News said the attacker escaped into a nearby Arab neighborhood.

In other terror-related news, Israeli officials on Thursday announced a drastic increase in security measures on and surrounding aircraft that belong to Israeli airlines in response to concrete intelligence of an imminent Hizballah terror attack. The measures include more armed guards onboard and accompanying Israeli aircraft when they land at and take off from foreign airports.

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