Militants attempt to blow up IDF post

17 December 2003
Militants from the Palestinian group Hamas on 17 December attempted to blow up an Israeli Defence Force post near the Rafah refugee camp, on the Israeli-Egyptian border. Two large explosive devices detonated near the Hidron post, causing minor damage to the position. No Israelis were injured in the incident. Military officials believe that the Palestinians dug tunnels to approach the post and plant the devices.

The latest terror attack comes as senior officials from militant Palestinian groups operating in the Occupied Territories met in the Gaza Strip in the latest attempt to negotiate a ceasefire agreement. The talks follow the Cairo peace talks in early December, which failed to produce an agreement on a possible ceasefire.

The militant groups are considering two plans. The first aims to bring an end to all militant operations in Israel, but not against Israeli targets in the Occupied Territories. The second plan calls for a full ceasefire in exchange for Israeli concessions. Israeli officials have indicated that they would scale down military activities in the Occupied Territories if the Palestinian groups agree on a ceasefire proposal (MEED 11:12:03).

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