“A female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up Wednesday at the major crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least four Israelis and wounding seven other people, Israeli rescue services and media said.” This from AP.
“The bomber set off the explosion in the area where thousands of Palestinian laborers and foreigners pass between Israel and the coastal strip, Israeli officials said. Four of the wounded were Palestinians, the army said.
“Hamas and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, issued a joint claim of responsibility.
“They identified the bomber as Reem Raiyshi, a 21-year-old Hamas militant. She apparently is the first female suicide bomber from the militant Islamic fundamentalist group.
“Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin said the use of a woman bomber was unique, but added that holy war ‘is an obligation of all Muslims, men and women.’
Arutz Sheva reports that Reem Raiyshi was the mother of two children. (Thanks to Bruce Gordon.)