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Israeli Palestinian Confrontation Update July 23, 2008

July 23, 2008
News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation July 15-22, 2008
(IICC) - Overview
The lull arrangement is preserving the quiet in the western Negev , exploited by Hamas to continue its military buildup. A terrorist from southeast Jerusalem went on a rampage in Jerusalem , again using a construction vehicle for an intended mass-casualty attack, the second this month.

Important Events 

The Gaza Strip
Quiet is preserved in the western Negev towns and villages 

This past week no rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli towns and villages in the western Negev . One mortar shell was fired on July 15, landing near the Kissufim crossing.

Another mass-casualty attack in Jerusalem

On July 22 at around 2 p.m. a terrorist took a construction vehicle from a site near the Yemin Moshe quarter of Jerusalem and began racing along the street, ramming into cars. A civilian who noticed what he was doing shot the terrorist, but he continued, hitting cars and a bus at the corner of Keren Hayesod and King David streets. A border policeman shot and killed him. Twenty-eight people were injured, one of them seriously. The terrorist was Ghassan Abu Tir, 22, from Umm Tuba in southeast Jerusalem .

It was the second such terrorist attack this month. On the afternoon of July 2 a terrorist from East Jerusalem also used a construction vehicle to carry out a mass-casualty terrorist attack the center of Jerusalem . He took the front loader from a construction site and drove at high speed, ramming everything in his path. He killed three civilians and wounded 40, most of them not seriously. A security guard and an off-duty soldier eventually shot and killed him. 1

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