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IDF Spokesperson's Annoucements - 24th Oct

Published: Thu 26 Oct 2000 02:02 PM
24 October 00
Bursts of Fire at the Settlement of Pesagot North of Jerusalem, IDF Responds with Tank Fire
Fire was opened tonight at the settlement of Pesagot north of Jerusalem. There were no casualties and no damage was caused. IDF tanks shot at and hit the structure from which the fire was opened.
The IDF spokesperson wishes to emphasize that the IDF will respond powerfully against any firing toward Israeli settlements. The IDF will use any measures in its disposal in order to defend the citizens of the Israel and the soldiers of the IDF.
Investigation Findings on Incident of 20 October When IDF Bus Mistakenly Entered Palestinian Controlled Territory (Area A)
On 20 October, during the afternoon, an IDF bus transporting soldiers lost its way and mistakenly entered the town of Tul Karem (Area A, under Palestinian security control). Palestinian jeeps intercepted and blocked the bus at the entrance to Tul Karem, and an armed Palestinian mob surrounded the vehicle and opened fire. An IDF soldier and a Palestinian policeman were wounded from the shooting.
The company commander managed to rescue the force, and drive back to the area of the Jewish settlement of Shavei Shomron. During the return trip, shots were fired at the force but the force did not manage to identify their source. The shots wounded six soldiers and a civilian - the driver.
An investigation held by the commander of the Golani brigade, found faults in the preparation of the soldiers transport mission, and in the performance of the commanders. Due to these issues the brigade commander recommended that the company commander and the company sergeant be removed from their position. The three soldiers have been suspended until their case is reviewed.
It should be noted that six rifles were taken from the soldiers after a struggle.
The company commander did not open fire when the force was held as he understood the Palestinian policemen did not intend to enter an armed conflict and he did not want to initiate one.
The IDF Calls the Palestinian Authority to Aroid Sending children to Confrontations
The IDF Calls on the Palestinian Authority not to send school children to violent confrontations with the security forces. This following an announcement by the PA that classes will not take place, and the intent of the PA to organize riots and confrontations with the secrity sorces, as it has done in recent weeks.
Fire by Tanzim Activists toward IDF Yesterday, and IDF Hits of the Activists
Shots were also fired last night (23 October) toward the Jewish settlement in Hebron, from the direction of Harat A-Sheik and Abu Sneina. The IDF returned precise fire toward the sources.
One of the sources of fire in Abu Sniena was from a travelling vehicle of Tanzim activists. The IDF returned fire toward the vehicle. From the fire one activist was killed and three activists were wounded.
Summary of the Nights Events in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (24.10.00)
The Gaza Strip
Several shooting incidents toward IDF positions and the DCO offices in the southern brigade. The IDF responded with fire toward the sources of fire.
The West Bank
Shooting toward the settlement of Kadim. IDF soldiers returned fire to the sources of fire. Shooting toward border police base south of Tul Karem.
The source was not identified, thus there was no return of fire.
Israeli Civilian Lightly Wounded
An Israeli woman was lightly wounded during the evening by rocks thrown towards a bus traveling in the area of Ouja, north of Jericho.
The woman was treated on the spot, and was later transferred for further treatment to hospital.

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