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FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU
$350,000 in U.S. equipment blown up
Hamas explodes American military vehicles in border bombing
Posted: April 22, 2008
10:10 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
Kerem Shalom crossing
JERUSALEM – Three U.S. military vehicles seized by Hamas and used to carry out a large-scale attack this past weekend cost American taxpayers an estimated $350,000, Palestinian security officials estimated.
The vehicles, utilized in an attack against the Israeli border, were captured when Hamas last June took complete control of the Gaza Strip, overtaking all U.S.-backed security compounds in the territory associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. The U.S., over the years, provided Fatah with weapons, vehicles and large sums of financial and military aid.
Israeli defense officials called last weekend's border attack the largest, most sophisticated Hamas terrorist operation since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.
"We utilized two American armored Jeep vehicles in the heroic operation at Kerem Shalom," said Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' so-called military wing. "We obtained the vehicles last June."
Abu Abdullah told WND today a third military Jeep was to be used in the attack but was intercepted by an Israeli missile.
Palestinian security officials said the three Jeeps were provided by the U.S. to Fatah in February 2007. They estimated the vehicles to be worth $350,000.
Muhammad Abdel-Al, the spokesman and a leader of the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committees terrorist organization which participated in last weekend's attack, confirmed American vehicles were utilized.
Abdel-Al stated today, "We warned in many interviews with WorldNetDaily the weapons America provided to Fatah would find [their] way to the resistance, and we are glad for this American help. The same scenario will soon take place in the West Bank (where the U.S. is currently arming Fatah)."
In Saturday's attack, which took place just hours after the Jewish state ushered in the Passover holiday, two explosive-laden vehicles disguised as Israeli military jeeps blew up at the Kerem Shalom crossing, the main Israeli transport point for goods and humanitarian aid into Gaza.
Thirteen Israel Defense Forces soldiers were hurt in the attack – most wounded lightly to moderately.
The two vehicles arrived at Kerem Shalom under the cover of dozens of mortar shells just after a third armored vehicle ripped a hole in the border fence. The two disguised vehicles exploded inside the crossing, one reportedly close to a group of soldiers.
The drivers of all three vehicles were killed when their cars exploded.
At roughly the same time as the Kerem Shalom attack, the Israel Defense Forces fired a missile at a truck approaching Kissufim, another border area previously used to cross into Gaza. The missile caused a massive explosion, indicating the truck was carrying a large amount of explosives defense sources believe were to be used in a second, simultaneous border attack at Kissufim.
At nearly the same time along another area of the border, IDF soldiers spotted two Palestinians carrying explosives approaching the border fence just outside Kibbutz Be'eri, a Jewish town bordering Gaza. An IDF force of 11 soldiers entered Gaza in pursuit of the terrorists only to quickly realize they were being ambushed in an apparent Hamas trap. Four Hamas snipers fired at the unit, killing three IDF soldiers.
Defense officials here believe Hamas attempted a major, coordinated attack at several points along Israel's Gaza border.
Yoav Galant, IDF commander in the Gaza area, called the offensive Hamas' boldest operation since Israel's Gaza retreat.
He said the attack, "the likes of which we have not seen since the disengagement," was an attempt "to execute mass killings and abductions."
Galant told reporters Hamas was "harming the interest of the Palestinians themselves, by attacking crossings, which are the humanitarian lifelines of Gaza."
Former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said the attack revealed "the true face of Hamas, which is [itself] creating the blockade on Gaza's people."
But back in Gaza City, Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said his terror group would carry out more attacks on crossings to break what he claimed was an Israeli blockade of the territory.
"These operations are the beginning of the explosions that Hamas has warned of," said Abu Zuhri. "If the parties don't intervene quickly to save Gaza and break the siege, what is coming will be greater."
WND previously reported Hamas obtained armored U.S. military jeeps.
Immediately after Hamas staged its coup and took over Gaza, WND quoted Hamas officials stating they seized "enormous" stockpiles of foreign weapons, including U.S. arms, that had been stored in Fatah security compounds.
The U.S. in recent years reportedly transferred large quantities of weaponry to build up Fatah forces against rival Hamas. Hamas officials told WND in multiple interviews prior to last June they would seize the American weapons.
Hamas last summer provided WND with a partial list of what the terror group said were seized weapons. The list included:
- "Dozens" of mounted machine guns that can fire at Israeli helicopters
- Approximately 7,400 American M-16 assault rifles
- About 800,000 rounds of bullets
- Eighteen armored personnel carriers
- Seven armored military jeeps
- "Tens" of armored civilian cars, including pickup trucks and magnums
- Eight massive trucks equipped with water cannons for dispersing protests
- Fourteen military-sized bulldozers
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