Israel Names Heads of Hamas Terror Operations in West Bank

(Ynet News) Elior Levy - Saleh al-Arouri, who was appointed in October as the deputy Hamas leader, was replaced in his role as Hamas' "military commander in the West Bank" by Maher Obeid, 59, sources in the Palestinian security forces revealed Wednesday. Obeid has visited Iran on several occasions in recent years. Serving under Obeid are three Hamas commanders in different sectors of the West Bank. The commander of the southern West Bank sector is Abd al-Rahman Ghanimat, who in the past led the Hamas cell responsible for several serious terror attacks including the 1997 Cafe Apropo bombing. He was released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal. The commander of the central West Bank is Abdullah Arar, who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli Sasson Nuriel in 2004. He was released in the Shalit deal. The commander of the northern West Bank is Farsan Halifa, who was also released in the Shalit deal and expelled to Gaza. The three are tasked with establishing military infrastructure for Hamas in the West Bank and launching terror attacks.

2018-01-11 00:00:00

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