Timeline: Destruction of the Mideast
August 21, 2003: "Palestinian militant groups have called off
their ceasefire after Israel launched a helicopter strike in Gaza. Three
people, including a political leader of Hamas, were killed."
["Palestinian Militants Call Off Ceasefire." The Associated Press
21 Aug. 2003.]
August 20, 2003: "A suicide bomber has wrecked a bus in Jerusalem,
killing up to 20 people and injuring about 80 others . . . . The militant
Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad both said they carried out the
["Bus Bomb Carnage in Jerusalem." BBC News
(Online) 20 Aug. 2003.]
August 14, 2003: Israel kills Mohammed Sidr, Islamic Jihad
leader. "'The response to this assassination will be quick, like an
earthquake,' a statement appearing on the Web site associated with Islamic
Jihad said today.'"
[Moore, Molly. "Israelis Kill Militant Leader, Sparking Vows of Revenge."
The Washington Post 15 Aug. 2003.]
August 12, 2003: "The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group
affiliated with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed
responsibility for the Rosh Ha'ayin bombing. The Islamic militant group
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack at Ariel, which it said "shook
the heart of the Zionist entity" and avenged the killing of two Hamas
leaders by Israeli soldiers in Nablus on Friday."
[Radin, Charles A. "Suicide Bombers Kill Two, Shake Mideast Peace Effort."
The Boston Globe 13 Aug. 2003.]
August 8, 2003: "Israeli troops raiding a West Bank bomb lab
killed three Palestinians on Friday, including two Hamas members,
prompting threats of revenge from the Islamic militant group's military
wing. An Israeli soldier also died. . . . The gunbattle marred a period of
relative calm since Palestinian militants declared a unilateral cease-fire
on June 29. . . . Although the cease-fire has reduced violence
dramatically, the Israeli military continues to send forces into West Bank
towns and refugee camps to arrest Palestinian suspects."
[Daraghmeh, Mohammed. "Hamas Threatens Revenge After Israel Raid." The
Associated Press 8 Aug. 2003.]
August 6, 2003: "The Israeli army arrested eight Palestinians as
it mounted its first incursion into Jericho for months this morning,
witnesses and sources said."
["Israeli army arrests Palestinians." The Hindu (Online) 6 Aug. 2003.]