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Sunday, October 19, 2003

Israeli soldiers: three dead, one wounded

Ambushed in streets of Ein Yabrood near Ofra

Israeli soldiers stand at a bloodstained road in the Palestinian village of Ein Yabrood in the West Bank,
north of Ramallah, after Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a group of Israelis.(AFP/Orel Cohen)

Sgt. Elad Pollack, 19, from Kiryat Motzkin

Sgt. Roi Yaakov, 21, from Tel Aviv

Staff Sgt. Erez Idan, 20, from Rishon L'Tzion

May their families and friends be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

Haaretz: The three soldiers from the Duchifat battalion were conducting a patrol on foot when they were ambushed by three gunmen who were hiding behind a low concrete wall. The gunmen surprised the patrol, firing at close range with M-16 and Kalashnikov assault rifles, Israel Radio reported late Sunday.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant off-shoot of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack.

A top political source said Sunday night that the attack will hasten the decision-making process concerning the fate of the Palestinian leadership, adding that it seemed as though Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat was inviting a harsh Israeli response, Israel Radio reported.

DEBKAfile reveals exclusively: Attack was executed by Jemal Tirawi and paid for directly by Yasser Arafat.

I was going to quote George Orwell here: "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us" - but it seems he never said it. Someone should.