Hamas, Islamic Jihad Resume Planning Terror Attacks

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives have recently resumed planning terror attacks for immediate execution, in defiance of the cease-fire, Shin Bet security service sources said. One such operative was Mohammed Sidr, head of Islamic Jihad's military wing in Hebron, who was killed Thursday during an attempt to arrest him. Sidr, responsible for attacks that killed 21 people, planned to send a booby-trapped car into either Jerusalem or Hebron in the near future, and had already acquired the car. IDF sources said Arafat is encouraging Fatah cells in the northern West Bank to commit attacks as well, and he recently sent money to the Fatah cell in the Balata refugee camp that carried out Tuesday's homicide bombing in Rosh Ha'ayin. The PA's Preventive Security Service did raid an Islamic Jihad stronghold in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza Thursday, but this was in response to a bomb that went off Wednesday at the entrance to the service's headquarters in the camp, which the PA believes was set by Jihad members.

2003-08-15 00:00:00

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