Shin Bet: Hamas Headquarters in Syria Orders Attack in Israel

[Ha'aretz] Avi Issacharoff, Amos Harel, Yuval Azoulay and Yoav Stern - The military headquarters of Hamas in Damascus has ordered militants in the West Bank to carry out a major attack inside Israel, Y., the deputy chief of the Shin Bet security service, told government ministers on Sunday. A sense of frustration is rippling through the ranks of Hamas in Gaza because its efforts to obtain international legitimization have been fruitless, and because Fatah refuses to renew reconciliation efforts. "Hamas is frustrated that the Rafah crossing [to Egypt] has remained closed, and the organization is considering escalating its activities against Egypt in order to open the crossing," he added. Since Hamas' takeover of Gaza, weapons smuggling from Egypt is on the rise, prompted by a decrease in preventative action on Egypt's part, he said.

2007-08-29 01:00:00

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