Sinai, Jerusalem Attacks Prevented

( Egyptian security forces announced Wednesday that they had caught an Arab man from Gaza wearing a suicide belt, on his way to attack Israeli vacationers in Sinai. The man had entered Egypt through a tunnel, they said, though the Gaza-Egypt border has remained porous ever since Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the area.


Egyptian police say they nabbed the man on the Egyptian side of the town of Rafiah, where two Gazan accomplices, Hisham Abu al-Walid and Emad Abu al-Kassam, had rented an apartment to be used as a base of operations for attacks.

Twenty more PA Arabs and Egyptians were rounded up on suspicion of involvement in the planned attacks, according to press reports.

Sinai resorts have been struck on three occasions in less than three years. The attacks have killed more than 100 people, including 11 Israelis.

Egyptian police also announced Wednesday that they had found 240 anti-tank mines and six artillery shells in central Sinai.

The announcements come on the heels of media speculation about Egypt's role in a possible five-way summit including the Arab nation.

Gilo Stabbing Thwarted
In the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo an Arab man aroused suspicion and was apprehended and searched. He was found with a large butcher knife and a screwdriver and told investigators he intended to kill a Jew.

The young man said he entered Jerusalem from PA-controlled Beit Jala, despite the fact that the Partition Wall has already been completed in the area.

In Ramallah, a wanted Fatah terrorist was arrested by IDF Special Forces in the Al-Amari neighborhood of Ramallah. The 32-year-old was active in Fatah's Tanzim terror group.

Jewish Motorists Targeted
Jewish motorists were attacked by Arabs, who hurled a hail of rocks at cars driving past the village of Bayt Omar on the Hevron-Jerusalem highway. No injuries were reported.

Motorists were also attacked in the Shechem area of Samaria. No injuries were reported, but one vehicle was damaged.

Near Ramallah, Arabs hurled a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli car driving on a highway southwest of the PA-assigned town.

No injuries or damage were reported.

The Northern Front
The Lebanese Army announced Wednesday afternoon that it had fired at an Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at 10:40 AM. The UAV had reportedly been flying over an area south of Tyre.

Lebanese press reports say that following the anti-aircraft fire, IAF jets flew low over southern Lebanon. A UNIFIL spokesman confirmed that the Lebanese Army had fired anti-aircraft weapons at Israeli targets.

Gaza Rockets
Five Kassam rockets were fired at western Negev Jewish towns from Gaza Wednesday. One landed close to one of the kibbutzim (collective communities) in the Sderot area. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Von: 21.02.2007 by Ezra HaLevi

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