The Al Quds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, and the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed joint responsibility for Friday’s attacks against Nitzanei Oz Industrial Zone in which two Israeli guards were killed. Israeli sources reported that one of they killed guards is a senior security officer.
The two groups said that one fighter disguised as a woman made his way into Qalansawa village within the Green Line, and there he changed his clothes and dressed an outfit similar to the ones wore by the workers of the industrial zone.
They added that the fighter who carried the attack is wanted by the Israeli security and by the Palestinian security forces of president Mahmoud Abbas.
The statement revealed that the fighter arrived at the area where the workers usually wait, pulled his gun and opened fire at a number of guards. He later tried to advance into the industrial zone but other guards opened fire at them which forced him to withdraw after suffering minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Interior Minister, Riyadh Al Malky, slammed the attack and said that it harms the Palestinian efforts to control the security situation in the West Bank.
Al Malky added that this attack also aims at shaming president Mahmoud Abbas during his meeting with the US President, George Bush.
After the attack, the Israeli army invaded several areas in Tulkarem city and several nearby villages.
The army believes that the attacker, or attackers, fled to Tulkarem after carrying the attack.
The Islamic Jihad said that the attack was carried out by one fighter who managed to infiltrate into the area and withdrew after sustaining minor injuries.
The group added that this attack comes in retaliation to the ongoing Israeli violations and attacks against the Palestinians and the fighters in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
It also said that this attack proves that resistance is still powerful and will not disarm or surrender.