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January 10, 2003


Israel Shin Beit and Police Counter-Terror Unit detain top command of Palestinian Popular Front preparing to assassinate Jerusalem Mayor and launch large-scale suicide attack at Jerusalem bus terminus

Detentions since Thursday in Ramallah and Bituniya netted also senior Syrian commander from Popular Front’s Damascus HQ Yashak Amin.

He was picked up in Ramallah safe house with Hassan Satafta, head of Popular Front military wing

Satafta received operational orders from Front leader Saadat, ostensibly jailed in Jericho under British and American custody for murder of Israeli cabinet minister
DEBKA file