Friday, February 24, 2006

Israel continues cleanup of terrorist cells in Nablus

The IDF took out three Tanzim members today in Nablus in a continuing operation to root out and destroy terrorist cells in the area.

Today's bag of terrorists included Muhammed Shatiwi, the head of the Tanzim group in the Balata refugee camp who was responsible for several attacks in the area.

The IDF said soldiers began the operation in Nablus five days ago after intel came in that Tanzim and Islamic Jihad cells in Nablus were preparing terrorist attacks.

Hamas, of course, was livid over this and called on the international community to intervene to stop what it called a ``massacre'. No surprise there.

In other news, Hamas had a bit of provocation of its own to offer by vowing to release the assasins of former Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi. Hamas Leader Khaled Mashaal said on Friday that the new Hamas-led Palestinian parliament would release the assassins of the former tourism minister from the Jerico jail where they have been incarcerated for the past four years.Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

The five prisoners are being held under an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority under Palestinian supervision, along with American and British jailers.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz made a point of warning Hamas against any moves to release the murderers. Mashaal said, "Israel always threatens and makes assurances, but it does not scare us. We will do what our people need whether it angers Israel or not."

Rehavam Ze'evi was assassinated at Jerusalem's Hyatt Hotel by Palestinian terrorists on October 17, 2001. It was the first Arab assassination of an Israeli minister. The assassins had found sanctuary in Yasser Arafat's Mukata compound in Ramallah, but were transferred to Jericho as part of the deal that called off an IDF siege of the compound.

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