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Israel Retaliates, Bombs Installations

Sunday, 10 February 2002 12:00 AM

Sources in Gaza said the bombs fell in a camp near Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s headquarters.

In the first-ever attack near an Israeli army command headquarters earlier Sunday, Palestinian gunmen killed two people outside a bakery and wounded at least 30.

Israeli authorities identified the victims as "women shoppers" but unconfirmed reports said both were soldiers.

In leaflets distributed in the Gaza Strip, the extremist Hamas movement accepted responsibility for the attack.

In another development, Palestinian militants fired three rockets Sunday from northern Gaza Strip that landed near a kibbutz in southern Israel, Israeli Radio Arabic service reported.

Major Gai Shaham said he saw the two attackers emerging from a car and firing indiscriminately in all directions. "I pulled out my handgun and shot back," he said. Shaham said he focused on one attacker "until he fell."

The second gunman fled to a parking lot and was killed by a policeman while allegedly trying to set off explosives hidden under his clothes.

Meanwhile, the rockets fired hours before the attack on the bakery, had a two-kilometer range and were developed by Hamas, Israel Radio said.

Fired from inside Gaza Strip, they landed about two kilometers east of Kibbutz Sa'ad. The Israeli army has found the remains of one of the rockets but confirmed hearing three explosions.

Israeli security officials told Israel Radio that this was the first time that Palestinian militants have used their Kassam-II rockets against targets inside Israel.

In retaliation, an Israeli tank shelled the area where the rockets were fired from, said a Palestinian Authority public security spokesman.

Israeli troops also searched the area and discovered three rocket launchers.

Hamas had recently claimed developing a new rocket with an eight-kilometer range. Commenting on the claim, Israeli security sources said it posed a new security risk to Israeli towns along the Gaza Strip.

Israel Radio said Israeli security forces fear that the rockets have also been smuggled into the West Bank from Gaza.

On Wednesday, an Israeli armored corps reserve unit intercepted a truck carrying Kassam-II rockets from Nablus to Jenin.

Also on Sunday, four Israeli army tanks and two bulldozers drove several hundred meters into eastern Gaza Strip, firing at Palestinian public security posts, a Palestinian spokesman said.

More than 12 Israeli army tanks and armored vehicles supported by helicopters also entered Nablus and the adjacent Askar refugee camp early Sunday, Palestinian witnesses told United Press International.

The witnesses said the Israeli tanks destroyed eight Palestinian stores and about 20 Palestinian cars, causing clashes between Palestinian militants and Israeli troops.

Palestinian medical sources at Nablus Hospital said that at least seven Palestinians were injured in a gunbattle at the entrance of the Askar refugee camp.

The sources said that camp resident Fahmi Dweikat, 43, died of a heart attack as Israeli tanks fired at his house.

The Israeli attack came hours after Palestinian militants shot dead an Israeli woman near the Tapouh settlement Saturday night. Atla Lipowsky, 79, who was killed in the drive-by shooting was buried Sunday.

Meanwhile, Israeli police have arrested two more teenagers involved in the attack that killed a female student at Jerusalem's Peace Forest on Friday.

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