TEL AVIV (Sep. 3)
Security officials disclosed today that 13 suspected terrorists have been arrested in recent weeks following the discovery of El Fatah cells in the West Bank town of Kalkilya and the surrounding area. Kalkilya lies close to the former Israel-Jordan border near the narrowest point of Israel and was a perennial trouble source before the Six-Day War.
The 13 suspects are believed to have carried out several acts of sabotage and attempted sabotage. They are suspected of having placed ex plosives near a synagogue in Kfar Saba and near the water pump at Tzofit. They are also believed to have terrorized Arab residents of Kalkilya.
Five El Fatah terrorists captured last Wednesday night have been identified as officers and instructors who had been sent into Israeli occupied territory to try to organize terrorist cells. One of the men was a onetime senior officer of the Karameh El Fatah base.