- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 10, 2001

JERUSALEM Two Israeli Cabinet ministers and their families left their homes after security services apprised them of plans by Palestinian militants to attack them, officials said yesterday.
The precautions followed the Oct. 17 assassination of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi by militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The group said the killing was meant to avenge Israel's killing of PFLP leader Mustafa Zibri.
Palestinians yesterday opened fire on an Israeli vehicle in the West Bank, killing an Israeli woman, settlers and the military said.
The attack took place near the Palestinian town of Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank, the military said. The car overturned after it was hit by bullets.
The Al Aqsa Brigade, affiliated with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility. A statement from the group said the shooting was in response to a car explosion Tuesday in Jenin that killed two Fatah activists.
In the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man walking in a field a few hundred yards from an Israeli watchtower east of Khan Yunis, Palestinian security officials said.
The army said soldiers fired only after the man ignored their warnings in Arabic and Hebrew not to get any closer as well as warning shots in the air. Relatives said the man was mentally retarded and deaf, and had not provoked the soldiers in any way.
Israeli soldiers also shot and critically wounded a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in the head, a few hundred yards outside the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekelim in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses and doctors said. The boy was watching a soccer game at the time, the witnesses said. The army did not immediately comment on the incident.
Israeli Cabinet minister Dan Naveh a frequent spokesman for the government his wife and two small children left their recently completed home in the village of Shoham in central Israel, said neighbor and parliament member Mossi Raz. Shoham is a new community near Israel's international airport, located three miles from the West Bank.
Gideon Ezra, a member of parliament and former deputy head of the Shin Bet intelligence service, said asking Mr. Naveh and his family to leave their home was "an unusual occurrence."
Also, media reports said Health Minister Nissim Dahan was told to leave his house on the weekend after intelligence reports about a possible attack. He lives in Hashmonaim, an Israeli settlement just inside the West Bank.
Several months ago, Israeli Cabinet minister Avigdor Lieberman, who lives in a West Bank settlement, was spirited out in a military helicopter after intelligence reports that he was about to be attacked.
Israeli forces still hold parts of Jenin and nearby Tulkarem, two of six West Bank towns Israel seized after the Zeevi assassination. Over the past week, Israeli troops have pulled out of the other four towns.
The withdrawal from Jenin and Tulkarem is apparently being delayed because of intelligence reports about possible attacks.
In Washington, the State Department again called on Israel to pull out of the two towns.
Police were also on alert in Israel's south after an Israeli was arrested for smuggling four Palestinians from Gaza into Israel, said regional police commander Yitzhak Aharonowitz.


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