Israel Plans Military Operation Against Islamic Jihad
27 October 2005
Israeli aircraft have carried out more strikes against Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip. Israel is reported to be planning a major military operation in the West Bank, following a suicide bombing, Wednesday, that killed five Israelis.
Israeli warplanes carried out several bombing runs against buildings and locations in the northern Gaza Strip that Israel says were being used by Palestinian militants for rocket attacks against Israeli territory.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz says Israel's military will conduct an offensive against Islamic Jihad militants who claimed responsibility for Wednesday's suicide bombing in the central Israeli town, Hadera.
No timetable has been given for the operation, but news reports say Israel will launch a major operation in the northern West Bank. Since the bombing, Israel has closed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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