TEL AVIV (Aug. 27)
Security forces recently uncovered a terrorist group centered on the Druze township of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights, army sources said today. The gang is reported to have been responsible for a number of attacks against the Israeli Defense Force and Golan Heights civilians and villages during the past six months.
Their activities were said to have included the planting of a mine in a local vineyard, from which a civilian was injured. The gang also sabotaged water pipelines and stole arms, equipment and explosives from army depots.
Etan Liss, chairman of the local Golan Heights Council, said Syrian propaganda was rife in local Arab and Druze schools. He said that while the majority of Golan Heights Druze wanted cooperation with Israel, a minority were still convinced that the Syrians would ultimately take back control of the Golan, and were accordingly working to help achieve that goal.