Palestinians look at a destroyed car after an Israeli aircraft attack in the northern Gaza May 7, 2007. An Israeli aircraft attacked a car carrying an Islamic Jihad rocket-firing squad in the Gaza Strip on Monday, wounding one militant, the group said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo) Photo Gallery >>>
RAMALLAH, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Israeli forces launched a
tough crackdown on militants in the West Bank on Tuesday, arresting some 28 of
them, including a spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
The total of Palestinians seized in the overnight
raids were 28, some 15 of them are Hamas members caught in the W. Bank town of
Tulkarem, Israel Radio reported.
Other detainees, arrested in Ramallah and Hebron,
were activists who work for the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) movement, according to
Witnesses in Tulkarem said that more than 30 Israeli army
vehicles and tens of heavily armed soldiers took part in the raids and
stormed a number of houses.
Palestinian factions in Gaza have linked their
commitment of calmness with the halt of the Israeli army operations in the West
On Tuesday morning after the Israeli overnight raids,
the Islamic Jihad's military wing announced it had fired a home-made rocket into
Sderot city in southern Israel.
"The shelling was to respond to the Israeli crimes
against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank," it said in
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday
criticized the makeshift rocket attacks against Israel, saying they were behind
the collapse of last November's ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat
told reporters that the Palestinian National Authority was ready to deploy
forces along the borders with Israel to prevent rocket attacks. But he demanded
Israel to abide by the ceasefire first.