JERUSALEM (Jul. 31)
Israeli security forces said Monday that they had found yet another hideout confirming the Palestine Liberation Organization’s continued involvement in terrorist activities, despite Yasir Arafat’s supposed renunciation of terrorism in December 1988.
The hideout served as the base for a terrorist cell, 11 of whose members were captured in the Nablus casbah a month ago. The cell is believed to have many more than 11 members, security sources said.
Described as an underground arsenal, the base was concealed behind the kitchen of a home in the West Bank town. Its discovery was announced a day after Israeli officials said they uncovered a terrorist cell in the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, in Galilee.
Both cells were allegedly linked to A1 Fatah, the guerrilla arm of the mainstream PLO.
According to security sources, the concealed room in Nablus served as a hiding place for terrorists. It contained a bed, dresser and a neon lamp and had no outside ventilation.
Rifles, pistols, ammunition, uniforms, helmets, binoculars and bandages were found in the room, along with documents the Israelis said proved their claim that the PLO continues its underground sabotage activities.