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November 16, 2002

Israel plans Hebron retaliation

Entering the same cycle, again. Perhaps time to up the ante, as seems to be the case for the terrorists (see article below)
The Israeli army is planning its retaliation for a gun attack by Palestinian militants which left at least 12 Israelis dead and 15 wounded in the West Bank town of Hebron.
The gunmen opened fire and threw grenades at a group of Jewish settlers and the soldiers escorting them as they returned from Friday prayers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

Israeli helicopters destroyed a metal workshop in Gaza

In the gun battle that followed, the Israeli army said it killed three Palestinian militants believed to be members of Islamic Jihad, the group that said it carried out the attack.

BBC Jerusalem correspondent James Rodgers says Israel's retaliation is likely to be heavy in the run-up to the January elections, where security is one of the main campaign issues.

The Israeli security cabinet is due to meet after the end of the Jewish Sabbath to discuss its response to the ambush, the deadliest attack on Israelis since 21 October when 14 people were killed in a bus bombing in northern Israel.

Double ambush

The head of the Israeli army's central command, Major General Moshe Kaplinski told reporters that Israel would react accordingly.

He made it clear that one of the measures would be a reversal of last month's partial troop withdrawal from Hebron.