Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Round up of Israel defense news: IJ leader arrested, 2 bomb belts found

Tuesday morning soldiers of the Nahal Haredi unit arrested senior Islamic Jihad commander Fabi Daragme in Jabel Tamin east of Fara'a, northeast of Nablus.

Daragme was involved in numerous shooting attacks in the Jordan valley district and in attempts to dispatch suicide bomb attacks in Israel. According to security officials, he also coordinated between Islamic jihad cells in the Jordan valley and in Nablus.

On Tuesday evening, shots were fired towards the hilltop community of Psagot near Ramallah, no one was wounded in the attack.

In the Gaza Strip, a bomb was detonated near IDF soldiers deployed near Rafah. Shortly after soldiers discovered a second bomb in the area and blew it up.

In the morning shots were fired at an IDF base near Neve Dekalim in Gush Katif.

On Tuesday night, security forces thwarted a planned suicide bomb attack after finding two explosive belts and a powerful bomb in a combined operation launched by the IDF and Shin Bet in Al Ashamiya a village west of Jenin. Further details were barred from publication.