Arafat's bomb factory destroyed

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the IDF (Israel's army) has destroyed a bomb factory located in the home of Mahmud Titi, head of the Aksa brigades. Yasser Arafat is the head of the Aksa brigades, responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks against unarmed Israeli civilians.

Arafat is also the head of the Palestinian Authority, and he constantly plays a double game. On the one hand he sends the Aksa brigades homicide/suicide bombers to kill unarmed Israeli civilians, and on the other hand he condemns the attacks as the chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

The sad fact is that many people buy into this double game and refuse to accept the fact that Arafat is a terrorist.

"Troops blew up one of the largest bomb factories found so far in the West Bank. It was located in the home of Mahmud Titi, head of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the area who was killed with two of his aides on May 21. Israel said Titi was responsible for the deaths of at least 11 people in terror attacks he planned, participated in, or dispatched suicide bombers to carry out."

I copy the full article below.





IDF blows up Nablus bomb factory
By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH - Jun. 2, 2002

The army continued its operations in Nablus and the Balata refugee camp yesterday, searching for terrorists and confiscating weapons. In the past week hundreds of suspected terrorists have been arrested by IDF forces in the West Bank and Gaza.

Troops blew up one of the largest bomb factories found so far in the West Bank. It was located in the home of Mahmud Titi, head of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the area who was killed with two of his aides on May 21. Israel said Titi was responsible for the deaths of at least 11 people in terror attacks he planned, participated in, or dispatched suicide bombers to carry out.

His cousin, Jihad, perpetrated the suicide bombing in Petah Tikva last week in revenge, killing a grandmother and her baby granddaughter.

Among the nine Palestinians arrested by security forces early yesterday morning in the Raffidiya neighborhood of Nablus were four women in their early 20s. Two are suspected of planning to perpetrate a suicide bombing one was caught with a belt of explosives in her possession. The four are students at An-Najah University in Nablus. Two are reportedly residents of Jericho, one is from Tulkarm, and the fourth from Nablus.

The IDF and Shin Bet revealed yesterday that three Hamas activists arrested by troops at the Gush Katif junction in the Gaza Strip on May 30 were planning to carry out a triple suicide bombing in one of the communities in Gush Katif over the weekend.

According to security officials, the suspects told investigators the attack was planned by Hamas official Nidal Farahat, whose brother Mahmud carried out the terrorist attack in Atzmona in March, murdering five yeshiva students and wounding more than 20 others before being killed.

Yesterday morning, two mortar shells landed inside a Gush Katif community near the regional school buildings. The shells landed in an open area, but residents and pupils were ordered to enter security rooms.

Sappers defused a 40-kilogram bomb discovered by soldiers near Dugit.

One Palestinian was arrested in Madameh, southwest of Nablus, and another in Jamain, north of Ariel. Shots were fired at army positions near Ramallah. Near Yabed, security forces pursued a vehicle with Israeli license plates that was seen driving into the village. The driver abandoned the vehicle, and soldiers discovered weapons and flak jackets inside.

Meanwhile, preparations are being made to deport eight foreigners from a number of countries, including the US and Britain, who entered the Balata refugee camp over the weekend to support the residents. The eight, members of pro-Palestinian groups, were detained by soldiers, who handed them over to the police for questioning.

Arieh O'Sullivan adds:

The air force, which is responsible for protecting the country from airborne terror attacks, is expecting terrorists to attempt to infiltrate from the Gaza Strip on para-gliders and motorized ultra-lights.

It is also suspected the Palestinians were interested in using remote-controlled model planes to stage attacks, but that proved to be limited in scope and not attractive, as the damage it could cause was small.

The air force also believes there may be an attempt by pilots in foreign militaries to stage a "kamikaze-like" attack using a warplane. This would be on an individual basis in solidarity with the Palestinians. The likelihood of this is growing as Palestinians are becoming more and more distressed.

The air force has also altered its assessment of the threat of anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of the Palestinians. It now believes that they do not have any Strella rockets in the West Bank. But they are believed to have some in the Gaza Strip.

Posted by David Melle
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