Monday, January 02, 2006

IAF strikes Fatah building in southern Gaza Strip


An Israel Air Force aircraft fired a missile early Monday morning into a building in the southern Gaza Strip that is often used by members of the Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, residents said.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had "targeted a building used by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terror organisation". The Brigades are part of Fatah. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The armed Palestinian group has been behind much of the firing of makeshift Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel that has prompted the Israeli declaration of a "no-go zone" in the northern Gaza Strip last week.

A border policeman sustained light wounds overnight Sunday after gunmen opened fire at an army roadblock south of the West Bank city of Qalqilyah. Also overnight Sunday, IDF troops discovered makeshift weapons in a village southeast of Qalqilyah. The troops discovered and confiscated a rifle, a makeshift magazine and a magazine used in M-16 rifles.

Gunmen opened fire overnight Sunday at IDF troops in two separate incidents in the West Bank: At an army outpost south of the city of Tul Karm and at the Qalandiyah checkpoint south of the city of Ramallah. No casualties or damage were reported in either incident.