Sharon approves offensive

Thursday, October 27, 2005 | 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered a broad military offensive against the Islamic Jihad, in response to the suicide bombing. "Unfortunately the Palestinian Authority has not taken any serious action to battle terrorism," Sharon said. "We will not accept under any circumstances a continuation of terrorism. Therefore our activities will be broad and nonstop until they halt terrorism." Israeli officials say the offensive will focus on the Islamic Jihad infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, and will also include air strikes in the Gaza Strip. Israeli aircraft fired several missiles into Gaza today, but there were no casualties or damage.

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