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TEL AVIV – With Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week reluctantly sending large ground troop forces into the northern Gaza Strip to counter Palestinian missile fire from the territory, three rockets yesterday were launched by Palestinian terrorists on the other side of the country aimed at Jewish communities about 25 miles from Tel Aviv, the Galil Report has learned.
Israeli news agencies have not yet published a story on the rocket attack, which took place in northern Samaria and opens a whole new front of missile targets in Judea and Samaria, territories Olmert is looking to evacuate in the near future.
Judea and Samaria is also commonly referred to as the West Bank.
Leader of the Al Aqsa Martrys Brigades, an offshoot of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, contacted the Galil Report to take credit for three Qassam rockets they said they fired yesterday from the north Samaria town of Tulkarem toward Kibbutz Avnei Chesed, a small Jewish community about 6 miles from the coastal city of Netanya.
Netanya is about 19 miles from Tel Aviv.
The terror leaders said the rockets fell short of their intended target, landing in Palestinian territory. But they vowed more rocket fire from the area.
Israeli Defense Forces officials said they were investigating but could not confirm whether the three rockets were fired.
Al Aqsa has previously claimed to WND several Samaria rocket attacks. The IDF has denied for several months rockets were launched from northern Samaria, only to later release selected information stating some rockets had indeed been fired from the area.
Security analysts maintain publicity about terror groups’ current missile capabilities in the territories could generate criticism of Olmert’s plan to withdraw from most of Judea and Samaria, parts of which are within rocket-firing range of Jerusalem.
But much to the Israeli government’s chagrin, the Galil Report has learned Palestinian security forces today passed rocket fragments to the IDF they said were collected from yesterday’s north Samaria rocket attack.
The next issue of the Galil Report details the Judea and Samaria rocket threat, including information security officials here say the political echelon would rather be held back.
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