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Israeli Security Guard Injured in Ax Attack in the Gaza Strip

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An armed Israeli security guard was hospitalized with a fractured skull Wednesday after he was attacked by two Arabs in the Gaza Strip.

The incident occurred at Beit Lahiya, a few miles south of the Ezra Checkpoint on the “Green Line” dividing the territory from Israel proper.

The victim, Sami Daloya, 27, of Ashdod, was guarding an oil truck while its driver refueled.

According to his account, two Arab youths approached him in a menacing manner. One pointed a Baretta pistol, but Daloya managed to shoot first and possibly wounded the youth.

The second attacker then struck him on the head with an ax. Both Arabs fled. Daloya was taken to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, the janitor of a Palestinian school in Tal as-Sultan was attacked by local youths wielding knives and axes. He was in critical condition at a hospital in Khan Yunis.

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