Hamas Trying to Set Up Bomb Labs Inside Israel

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Hamas has been actively trying to set up weapons labs in Arab villages inside Israel in recent months, security sources say. Until recently, most of the weapons workshops providing explosives and other war materials to Palestinian militant organizations, particularly to the Hamas, were situated in and around Nablus. Gradually bomb factories were also set up in Jenin and the villages in the Tulkarem area, mostly by the Islamic Jihad. Now, because of the IDF presence in Nablus and the constant patrolling, bomb labs are finding it difficult to operate fully. The Arab towns of the Triangle area south of Afula may be particularly suitable for Hamas' attention, both because the police presence in them is comparatively slight and because thousands of Palestinians from the territories live there illegally.

2002-10-04 00:00:00

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