|Israel Resource Review
||6th November, 2006
JIHAD MAINTAINS NETWORK IN BETHLEHEM
Middle East News Line
JIHAD MAINTAINS NETWORK IN BETHLEHEM JERUSALEM [MENL] --
Islamic Jihad has maintained a network along the border
Israeli security sources said the Iranian-sponsored Jihad has
established a network in Bethlehem, adjacent to Jerusalem. The sources said
Jihad used Bethlehem as a launching pad for attacks on Jewish commuters to
On November 3, Israeli troops killed a senior Jihad commander wanted since
2001. The commander, identified as Taer Hassan, 27, was said to have
directed numerous attacks against targets in and around Jerusalem.
"He was involved in vast terrorist activity in recent years and in
particular in the dispatching of various terror attacks," a security source
The sources said Jihad targeted a tunnel that connected Jerusalem to the southern West Bank. They said Hassan tried to drive an explosives-laden
vehicle into the tunnel during rush hour.
The Jihad network was also involved in the recruitment of suicide
bombers in Bethlehem. The sources said Jihad cooperated with the Fatah
militia led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
"Hassan was involved in recruiting of suicide bombers, procurement of
weaponry and planning of future terror attacks," the source said.
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