TEL AVIV (Aug. 24)
Israeli security forces have recently uncovered Fatah cells in the villages of Silat e-Dhahr and Attara, in the Jenin region, and in the Jalazoun refugee camp, the Israel Defense Force spokesman announced Tuesday night.
The Jenin-region squad consisted of six members who are suspected of having carried out the following attacks:
*Throwing a petrol bomb at an Egged bus near the settlement of Homesh, on Feb. 25, 1988.
*Throwing a petrol bomb at the home of a local resident from Silat e-Dhahr, on March 2, 1988.
*Throwing a petrol bomb at an Egged bus near the settlement of Homesh on March 8, 1988.
*Throwing a makeshift explosive device at an Egged bus near the settlement of Homesh, on June 25, 1988.
Members of the squad turned over a makeshift explosive device that was ready for use, and chemical materials that were to be used in an explosive device.
The Jalazoun terrorists were part of the “shock forces” which act as the operative arms of the popular committees, the IDF statement said.
The detainees are accused of organizing to carry out violent investigations of local residents whom they had suspected of cooperating with Israel.
During one such an investigation, a local resident was struck repeatedly and killed.
On Tuesday night, the IDF destroyed the homes of three of those suspected of having participated in terrorist activities in the Jalazoun refugee camp.