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Israeli Troops Raid the West Bank

Friday, 15 February 2002 12:00 AM

The spokesman said the raid into Seida was designed "to detain wanted people suspected of terror activity against IDF forces and Israeli citizens." He said the troops are still in the area and will remain until their mission is completed.

Other units entered the village of Jaba, near Jenin overnight and arrested two members of Islamic Jihad suspected of planting explosives, the spokesman said.

The Israeli military raids were undertaken several hours after Palestinian militants claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb that killed three Israeli solders and slightly wounded a fourth in a tank near the Gaza Strip border with Israel.

The Salah e-Dinh Brigade said Thursday's attack was in response to the killing of five Palestinian policemen during Israeli raids in Gaza on Wednesday.

Israel Radio that Thursday's blast came as the tank rushed to the scene of fighting between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers. Government officials described the explosive as highly sophisticated and powerful.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded a Channel 2 TV reporter, Saguy Bashan, who tried to skirt their makeshift roadblock to reach a tank that had been hit by a bomb in the Gaza Strip.

Bashan said the soldiers told him he could not go on.

"I bypassed them and they fired at least three rounds," he said. The bullets grazed his leg and hand, smashed his rear windshield and damaged his car's wheels.

Bashan said he returned to the soldiers "and I asked them whether there are not enough people killed in the country that they want to kill me too."

He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

During the more than year-long Intifada, some foreign reporters have complained that soldiers fired at them and several reporters have been wounded.

A military spokesman said several soldiers had been punished.

The incident seemed to mark the first time Israeli soldiers knowingly fired at an Israeli reporter who did not threaten them. The army spokesman said they were investigating the incident.

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