Saturday, December 29, 2007

Two elite Israeli troops on leave murdered by Palestinian gunmen near Hebron.

Ruling Fatah and Jihad Islami responsible Three hikers, Pvt Ahikam Amihai, 20 and Sgt. David Rubin, 21, from Kiryat Arba and an Israeli girl, were stalked by an estimated four armed Palestinians who attacked them on the road outside Telem, close to the West Bank-Israel border Friday afternoon, Dec. 8. The girl ran away and raised the alarm. The two hikers, who were armed, fired back, killing one of the Palestinians and seriously wounding a second, after they themselves were injured. The surviving Palestinian gunmen shot their victims dead as they lay wounded and stole their weapons.

Palestinian Jihad Islami and two factions of Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades claimed their men were responsible.

The military force which arrived on the scene faced stiff resistance in its search for the killers at the nearby Palestinian village of Kahal. In the ensuing firefight, several villagers were injured. The force then raided the local hospital in search of the wounded gunman.

The funerals of Pvt Amihai and Sgt. Rubin take place at the Herzl military cemetery Saturday night.

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