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Friday, October 24, 2003

Three soldiers killed in Netzarim infiltration before dawn Friday morning

JPost: Three IDF soldiers were killed and two wounded, one seriously after a terrorist infiltrated an army base in the northern Gaza Strip community of Netzarim before dawn Friday morning.

Two of the soldiers killed were women, and the seriously wounded soldier is also a woman. The male soldier was moderately wounded. The wounded were airlifted to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment.

The identities of the three soldiers killed were released Friday afternoon:

Sgt. Sarit Schneor-Sinyor, 19, of Shoham. Sarit will be buried Sunday at 2 PM in the military section of the Ramle cemetery.

Staff-Sgt. Alon Avrahami, 20, from Or Yehuda. Alon will be buried in the military cemetery in Holon at 2 PM.

Sgt. Adi Osman, 19, Kfar Saba. Adi was buried in Kfar Saba's military cemetery Friday afternoon.

The male soldier wounded in the attack is recovering after surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his shoulder, and the woman is still undergoing surgery. "She was very seriously wounded, a doctor at the hospital said.

At approximately 4:15 AM a terrorist affiliated with Hamas and armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and grenades approached the military base from the south side of the Netzarim community using the darkness and dense mist as cover.

The terrorist cut through the fence and headed towards the living quarters housing female soldiers and army drivers.

The terrorist entered the female soldiers' living quarters and in the first room shot and killed Sgt. Adi Osman and wounded a second soldier in the room with her He then continued into the second female soldiers' room where he killed Sgt. Sarit Shcneor.

The terrorist then left the female quarters and headed towards the drivers quarters where he shot and wounded one of the soldiers as he was standing at the entrance to the complex.

At that time Staff-Sgt. Alon Avrahami reached the site and was shot and killed by the terrorist.

The terrorist then fled with soldiers from the Shimshon battalion in pursuit. Troops caught up with the terrorist and killed him just tens of meters outside of the community as he was attempting to flee.

A second terrorist affiliated with the Islamic Jihad who accompanied the other terrorist reached the security fence but when the shooting began he fled back into Gaza, a senior IDF officer told The Jerusalem Post.

The officer noted that during the night there were three other attempted infiltrations in which three terrorists were killed. One when a terrorist attempted to infiltrate Nisanit in the northern Gaza Strip and was shot and killed by soldiers. The second involved the three Israelis wounded as they drove on the Kissufim road and the terrorist was shot and killed. And the third was when soldiers shot and wounded a group of Palestinians carrying a ladder who attempted to cross into Israel north of Kibbutz Nahal OZ.

In addition terrorists fired anti-tank rockets a IDF positions near Neve Dekalim and shots were fired at positions at Morag and other Israeli communities in Gush Katif.

Late Thursday, in another attack, three members of an Israeli settler family traveling in a car were lightly wounded in a roadside shooting in southern Gaza. The three were cut by shattered window glass and suffered other injuries when their car swerved. The army said troops shot and killed the attacker.