Israeli ground troops yesterday fired two anti-tank missiles into Palestinian security facilities in the Beit Hanoun neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, moderately wounding one Palestinian Authority officer.
An Israel Defense Forces spokesman said the attack had been on a Force 17 position, but Palestinian sources said that a building of the Palestinian General Intelligence service, headed by Amin el Hindi, had also been struck.
The IDF said the attack had come in response to mortars that had been fired yesterday at the Atzmona and Rafah-Yam settlements in the Gush Katif settlement bloc. No injuries or damage were reported in the mortar attacks.
In other developments, an IDF patrol found two large land mines south of the Sufa checkpoint on the security fence opposite Rafah. The bombs were neutralized without causing damage.
Yesterday was considered particularly quiet in the territories. As of 6 P.M., there were no shooting incidents in the West Bank; while in Gaza, there were some exchanges of fire and a hand grenade was thrown at an outpost near Rafah.
In another development, the police, aided by IDF troops, arrested eight Palestinian youths suspected of throwing fire bombs and rocks at passing cars in the West Bank, as well as planning a car bomb attack. The eight are from Area B villages in the northern West Bank.
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