Suicide Terrorist Murders Two in Eilat, by Hillel Fendel (Israel National News 10:45 Jan 29, ’07 / 10 Shevat 5767)
For the first time, a suicide terrorist has detonated himself in the southern port city of Eilat. Two Jews are reported dead; no one was wounded.
Initial reports implied that the explosion inside a small bakery in Eilat around 9:45 AM was caused by a gas canister explosion. However, shortly after 10:30, the police abruptly issued an announcement saying that an Arab suicide terrorist had entered the bakery carrying a bag and detonated himself.
Three dead had been reported, and it then became clear that one of them was the terrorist himself.
The explosion caused tremendous damage, eyewitnesses said, and body parts were strewn over the area.
Notice the wording in the report, as opposed to the banner headline;
“Defense Minister Amir Peretz… ordered the IDF to prepare to launch operations inside the Gaza Strip and against the infrastructure that enabled the suicide bomber who killed three people in Eilat earlier in the day to cross from Gaza into Israel.”
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“Israeli authorities are holding 23 foreign citizens who entered Israel illegally from Egypt. Ten of those arrested are from Georgia, of the former Soviet bloc, and six others are from Turkey.”
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In 2006, the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) caught over 100 Palestinian terrorists who originated in the Gaza Strip and tried crossing into Israel from the Sinai Desert in Egypt. Among the terrorists were suicide bombers, weapons experts on their way to establish terror infrastructure in the West Bank and masterminds of soldier-kidnapping plots.
In addition to the terrorists, security forces also succeeded in dismantling 11 terror rings that had established infrastructure which was used for infiltrations along the border.
“The arrests took place in Bethlehem, Hevron, Jenin, Kalkilyah, and Ramallah, and included members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Tanzim factions.”