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Israeli soldier stabbed to death - rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli cities as PA terrorism continues to escalate

December 8, 2005 Soldier Stabbed to Death, Kassams Keep Falling on Western NegevThursday, December 8, 2005

An IDF soldier was murdered north of Jerusalem, 5 rockets were fired at Sderot and environs, and 3 terrorists were killed in two targeted killings in Gaza - all between Wed. night and Thurs.

Thursday afternoon, near Atarot, north of Jerusalem, an Israeli soldier was stabbed in his neck and died. The Arab murderer was caught.

Palestinian terrorists fired five rockets from Gaza last night and today. Two rockets were fired at Sderot, two more were launched north of Gaza, and another rocket hit the western Negev this afternoon. The IDF responded with artillery, and, late this afternoon, killed two Al-Aqsa Brigades terrorists with a precisely-guided missile into Gaza.

One of the Arab-fired rockets hit an open area in Sderot, and another one landed near the Gevim Junction just south of the city. Rockets were also fired at Netiv HaAsarah and Erez. No one was injured in these attacks.

The IDF responded with artillery fire towards northern Gaza before dawn, and again this afternoon following the fifth rocket launch.

Sderot residents said that in addition to last night's loud IDF attacks, the Red Dawn early warning system did not work last night. Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal said that he himself did not sleep much: "I received dozens of phone calls from people who were scared, and there was an especially strong IDF bombardment... People woke up from the booms and from the shooting."

Though Palestinian terrorists have fired several rockets over the course of the past week, they justified the latest attacks with Israel's targeted killing of wanted terrorist Mahmoud Al-Arkan in Gaza last night. He was involved in many attacks against Israelis, including the murder of David and Rachel Kol this past July, the murder a month earlier of IDF soldier Avi Karuchi along the Philadelphi Route, and more.

Yesterday's guided missile attack on Al-Arkan's car, which also injured ten Arabs, was the first targeted killing of a terrorist in over a month. Israel's Security Cabinet decided to renew the measure following Monday's terrorist attack at the HaSharon Mall in Netanya, in which five Israelis were murdered and scores were wounded.

Israeli forces last night arrested more than 20 wanted terrorists, mostly Hamas members, near Ramallah and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria.

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