IAF missiles strike house near Jenin
Israel Defense Force tanks fired tank shells at a house on the outskirts of Jenin on Wednesday, where an Al-Aqsa Brigade gunman who had shot and wounded an Israeli man and his wife just hours earlier was suspected of hiding.
The IDF said that the shots at the couple were fired from the targeted house.
Palestinian sources said that the house was empty at the time of the shooting.
The missile strike came shortly after Dr Valerie Weisbrot and his wife were wounded by Palestinian gunfire while driving near the settlement of Kadim in the northern West Bank. The man was seriously injured and his wife sustained light wounds.
The couple, both doctors at Afula's Ha'emek Hospital, were airlifted to Rambam hosptial in Haifa.
Dr Weisbrot was undergoing surgery to remove a bullet which punctured his kidney. According to Rambam hospital sources, the treatment given to Dr. Valerie Weisbrot at the scene of the attack saved his life. His wife, Dr. Nelly Weisbrot, was lightly injured and was by her husband's side in the operating theater.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, claimed responsibility in a phone call to The Associated Press, saying they would not stop attacks against anyone intruding on Palestinian land.
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by IDF gunfire in the Balata refugee camp, in the West Bank, while Palestinians were throwing rocks, residents said. The residents said the boy was a distance away from the confrontation and was not involved. The IDF said soldiers shot a Palestinian who was throwing firebombs. Also Wednesday, a Border Policeman was lightly wounded by rocks hurled at him in the West Bank village of Ne'alim.
Jihad man killed by IDF fire near Gaza borderA man identified by Palestinian security forces as an affiliate of Islamic Jihad was shot dead by Israel Defense Forces troops and a second man was wounded Wednesday morning when they approached the fence surrounding Kibbutz Nahal Oz, which borders the Gaza Strip.
The men had no weapons, but planted a 20 kilogram (44 pound) explosive device, the military said. The device was later neutralized by IDF sappers.
A map of the area and a cellular phone were also found in the Palestinians' possession, and security forces estimated that the two had also been scouting the area, where dozens of explosive devices have been placed in the past.
Military sources said IDF soldiers opened fire on the two Palestinians after they entered an off-limits area in north Gaza used in the past by gunmen to attack troops or try to infiltrate into Israel.
"They were not armed but had a mobile phone and maps and drawings of the area, proof that they were trying to gather intelligence for the next terrorist attack," one source told Reuters.
The dead man's family identified him as Mohammed Awad, 26, a supporter of the Islamic Jihad militant group.
Also in Gaza, an IDF post near the southern Strip town of Rafah came under fire from Palestinian gunmen. The soldiers returned fire, wounding five people, including a 14-year-old boy, Palestinian hospital officials said.