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February 04, 2003

Islamic Jihad cell cracked that acted on orders and money from Damascus

News item from Internet Jerusalem Post
Security forces have arrested a group Palestinians from Islamic Jihad in the Hebron area, who on orders from Damascus, are suspected of carrying out a string of terror attacks against Israelis since mid-2001.

The suspects were arrested over the past two months, just in time to thwart their plans to escalate their bomb attacks on Israeli targets, sources said.

According to the sources, at least 10 suspects have been held, but more arrests are likely.

Among the attacks the terrorists are linked to are the mid-November shooting on Worshipers' Way in Hebron in which 12 Israelis were killed, and an attack last month on a yeshiva in Otniel in which another four people were killed.

They are also suspected of involvement in a list of shooting attacks against Israelis since the summer of 2001.

The men received funds and instructions from the Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus, sources said. The money went to pay for weaponry and to compensate the families of "martyrs" killed by Israelis and prisoners.

The terrorists established a broad-based military infrastructure in the territories and most recently they received orders to escalate attacks, the sources added.