The daily Haaretz, quoting PA (Palestinian Authority) sources reports on Monday that the PA prevented a major terrorist attack, arresting two senior terrorists aligned with Hamas’ military wing in the Chevron area. They were apprehended with weapons and a bomb vest as well as a large quantity of cash intended to assist in carrying out an attack.
The two were taken into custody three weeks ago in Chevron. One of the terrorists is reportedly Wa’il el-Bitar, a commander of the Izzadin el-Kassam faction in the Chevron area. The two were also part of the planning of the February 2008 terror attack in Dimona. One Israeli was murdered in that attack and her husband was wounded.
IDF Central District Commander Major-General Gadi Shamni stated that the military wing of Hamas has been hit hard but remains a threat nonetheless. He is calling for unyielding pressure since he explains the terror organization can recuperate rather quickly.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)