Fighting Terrorism

Renewed escalation of Hamas rocket fire at western Negev towns and villages (Summary of events, February 5-7)

Two weeks after the last escalation in the fighting between Hamas and Israel, a new one began. Hamas carried out a suicide bombing attack in Dimona using a squad of terrorist operatives from Hebron and stepped up the rocket fire at Ashqelon, Sderot and the western Negev towns and villages .
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Israeli Embassy attacked by gunmen in Mauritania.

The shots were apparently fired by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a branch of the global jihad. The attack was carried out on the background of Islamist pressures on Mauritania’s government to sever diplomatic relations with Israel.
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With the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Egypt breached, Hamas and other terrorist organizations can freely smuggle operatives and weapons into the Gaza Strip and dispatch terrorists to Israel through Sinai.

With the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Egypt breached, Hamas and other terrorist organizations can freely smuggle operatives and weapons into the Gaza Strip and dispatch terrorists to Israel through Sinai. The Egyptians are looking for a solution but Hamas does not intend to give up its achievement.
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Closing the crossings into the Gaza Strip and renewing the fuel supply – the situation on the ground as of noon, January 22, 2008.

Following the massive barrage of Hamas rockets fired at the western Negev towns and villages from the Gaza Strip, on January 17 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that the crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip would be closed and that no merchandise or fuel would enter for a number of days.
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Israeli security forces continue uncovering terrorist networks and attack terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria involved in planning attacks against Israeli targets

The Israeli security forces and the IDF recently exposed a terrorist operative network and killed a number of senior terrorist operatives in Judea and Samaria. Important among them was a Palestinian Islamic Jihad network uncovered in the Bethlehem region whose operatives planned to plant a bomb on the railroad tracks between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
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Two days of hard fighting in the south: Israeli counterterrorist activities and Hamas rocket attacks (January 15-16)

January 15-16 were days of war for the Gaza Strip and the western Negev towns and villages, the worst since the Hamas takeover of the Strip (June 2007).
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