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Sunday, May 02, 2004


An Israeli soldier takes a bible out of a car that was shot by two
Palestinians, killing a 34 year old Israeli mother and her four
daughters as they were driving the to the Jewish area of the
Gaza Strip, May 2, 2004. REUTERS/Nir Elias

DEBKA: Two Palestinian terrorists shot dead 5 Israelis – a mother and her 4 daughters – in ambush of cars coming out of Gaza Strip’s Gush Katif on Kissufim road. They were Tali Hatuel, 34, a social worker, Hilah, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7 and Meirav, 2. Tali was eight months pregnant. Two Israeli troops and civilian injured before shooting two terrorists dead.

After hitting the Hatuel car, two Palestinians approached and murdered the children and mother at close range under cover of general offensive by several Palestinian bands on Israeli military positions.

AP: The militants opened fire — killing the five family members and wounding a motorist in a second vehicle — before detonating a bomb, the army spokesman said.

The car was riddled with bullets, and the carpet inside was stained with blood. Israel Radio reported the mother had been on her way to protest against Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan. On the car was a bumper sticker saying, "Uprooting the settlements, victory for terror."

Israeli soldiers and rescue workers inspect the car of a Jewish settlers
family after it was attacked by Palestinian militants near the entrance
of the Jewish settlement of Nezer Hazani. . . On the hood of the car a
sign calling for rejecting prime minister Ariel Sharon's plan for the Israeli
withdraw from Gaza on today's Likud party referendum.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JPost Two soldiers and an Israeli civilian were also wounded in the attack and were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheba.

Israeli soldiers carry a wounded comrade to be evacuated from
the area in a helicopter next to the Kitsufim crossing bewteen
Israel and the Gaza Strip. . . (AP Photo/Edi Israel)

The IDF said that both of the gunmen, who arrived at the area by car, were killed in an ensuing firefight.

Settler leaders said that the attack proves that Likud members must vote against the disengagement plan in order not to give a prize to terrorists. "People have to look us in the eyes and not throw us out of our houses," Avner Shimoni, a Gaza settler leader, told Army Radio. "We paid a very heavy price today."

The Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility for the attack. . . .

NY Times: The militant Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group, claimed responsibility for the "heroic'' attack in a call to The Associated Press.

Haaretz: CNN said the Palestinian terrorists opened fire on one of its film crews working near Gush Katif in Gaza.

The CNN crew said that after fleeing the terrorists, they attempted to warn and stop unsuspecting Israeli civilian vehicles leaving Gush Katif in the direction of the terrorists. They did not successfully stop the mother and four daughters who drove past the armored CNN vehicle and were subsequently gunned down by the terrorists.

"We drove on to the nearest army checkpoint, told them what happened, stopped the cars from coming the other way. Then they sent the soldiers and the ambulances in to see what had happened."