Monday, February 4, 2008
Contributed by Uprooted Palestinian
"04/02/2008 One Israeli settler was killed Monday and eleven others were wounded, three critically, in a martyrdom operation in a Dimona commercial center.
Al-Manar correspondent in occupied West Bank said the attack was twin martyrdom operation carried by two resistance fighters, but only one succeeded in detonating his explosives. The other fighter was killed by a police occupation officer from an elite unit who happened to be on the scene, seconds before he could explode himself.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian's military wing, and the United Resistance Brigades have claimed responsibility for Monday's martyrdom operation.
Abu al-Walid, a senior al-Aqsa Brigades official, said in a phone conversation with al-Manar, "We succeeded to carry out the attack today and we take responsibility for it, along with the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades and the United Resistance Brigades, in response to the occupation and the killing of children and innocent people in the West Bank and the Strip."
According to the report, the first martyrdom bomber was a Fatah member, while the second one was sent by the other two organizations.
Hamas referred to the Dimona operation as "a heroic act", which constitutes "a natural response to the crimes of the occupation."
On the other hand, the Palestinian Authority led by president Mahmud Abbas condemned Dimona attack in the occupied territories and in a statement, the PA also condemned an Israeli military operation early Monday in the West Bank town of Qabatiya during which troops killed two resistance fighters from the Islamic Jihad group. "