Palestinian teen said killed by IDF fire in Gaza
Policeman identified as Corporal Yaniv Mashiah, 20, of Jaffa; Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades say carried out attack to avenge Rantisi's death.
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israel Defense Forces gunfire in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, Palestinian medical workers said.
The boy was in a group of youths who had climbed some sand dunes to watch the soldiers.
Medical workers also said a 15-year-old mentally handicapped girl had been shot and moderately wounded after approaching a settlement near the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza.
The IDF didn't immediately comment on either incident.
Meanwhile, Border Policeman Corporal Yaniv Mashiah, 20, who was killed by Palestinian gunfire Sunday night, was buried Monday afternoon in Holon.
The shots hit Mashiah's vehicle near the West Bank city of Hebron, shortly after Memorial Day began, killing the Jaffa resident and lightly wounding three others.
The four gunmen opened fire at the troops from a vehicle, and afterwards fled the scene. One militant was said to have been hit after the troops returned fire, Israel Radio reported.
All of the injured troops were evacuated by helicopter to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
The attack was later claimed by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who said they were avenging the assassination of Hamas leader Rantisi.
The shooting took place between the Palestinian villages of Turkamiya and Idna, west of Hebron, barely an hour after a siren was sounded throughout the country for one minute at 8 P.M. to mark the start of Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers.
At 10:30 P.M., a Bedouin citizen working as a guard was seriously wounded after being shot in the Migdal Oz settlement, which is located in the Gush Etzion bloc in the West Bank. He was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting, though an Israel Defense Forces source on Sunday night said the incident was apparently not a terror attack, Israel Radio reported.
"On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day ceremonies, we received yet another vivid reminder of the continuity of Palestinian terrorism and its total devotion to striking at as many Israelis as possible and whenever they can," David Baker, an official in the Prime Minister's Office, said in response to Sunday's shooting.
Forces on high alertSecurity forces were on high alert for possible terror attacks planned for Monday's Memorial Day ceremonies and the start of Independence Day Monday evening, assuming that all the terrorist organizations - but particularly the Hamas cell in Gaza and the Fatah cell in Nablus - would love to carry out an attack during the holiday.
Intelligence information indicates that Hamas has prepared several attacks in the Gaza Strip, and is also trying to get a terrorist from the Strip into Israel.
Two Israelis were lightly wounded by a rocket that Palestinians fired at a Gaza Strip settlement Sunday, according to Israel Radio. Two homes were heavily damaged in the attack.
Thousands of policemen and soldiers were securing cemeteries and memorial services Sunday night and Monday, and will be patrolling entertainment centers and parks Monday night and Tuesday.
As of Sunday morning, security forces received warnings of 49 planned terror attacks, Israel Radio reported.
GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski said Sunday that the Israel Defense Forces, police and the Shin Bet security forces have together managed to foil about 97 percent of planned terror attacks. He also said 55 terror attacks have been thwarted in the central region alone since January, Army Radio reported.
The IDF has killed 13 Hamas and Tanzim militants in recent days who were planning to carry out terror attacks over this week's Independence Day holiday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his cabinet on Sunday.
A senior military source has told Haaretz that efforts by Hamas to carry out a major terror attack to avenge Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and his successor Abed Aziz Rantisi will reach record levels in the coming days. According to the source, Hamas is extremely frustrated by the failure of attempts to date to avenge their deaths.
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