Jerusalem, 3 April 2001

PM Sharon and FM Peres React to Mortar Attack on Atzmona
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Advisor and the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)

On the evening of April 3, Palestinians fired three mortar shells at Atzmona in Gush Katif, critically wounding a 15 month-old boy and lightly wounding his mother and another person. Doctors at Soroka Hospital in Beersheva are now fighting to save the baby’s life.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon condemns the shocking attack which took place earlier today (Tuesday, 3 April 2001), against the community of Atzmona in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, and adds his prayers for the welfare of the baby who was severely wounded.

Prime Minister Sharon reiterates that his government’s first and foremost obligation is to restore Israeli residents’ security and adds that it will continue to work towards this goal.

The Palestinian Authority is not working to prevent attacks and is leaving Israel with no choice but to act tenaciously and vigorously to frustrate terrorist attacks and protect Israeli citizens security.

In reaction to the attack, Israel Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, now visiting Paris, stated: "The entire nation of Israel is together with the baby in his struggle for his life, and prays for his welfare." Peres added that Israel demands that the Palestinian Authority fulfill its commitment, appearing in Yasser Arafat’s 1993 letter to the late Yitzhak Rabin, in which the PLO renounces the path of terrorism, and takes upon itself to resolve disputes solely through dialogue, rather than violence.

 PM Sharon and FM Peres React to Mortar Attack on Atzmona-3-Apr-2001
 PM Sharon and FM Peres React to Mortar Attack on Atzmona-3-Apr-2001
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