Jerusalem, 30 September 2001

Uncovering of Hamas Infrastructure in Samaria
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Israel Security Agency (ISA) recently uncovered an extensive Hamas organization in Samaria, whose members were trained and instructed directly by the Hamas headquarters in Syria and other countries.

The terrorists belonging to this group received intensive training in the use of explosives and other terrorist methods, and were highly skilled.

Several members of the terrorist group were involved in suicide attacks carried out in Netanya on April 30 and May 18 this year, in which 8 Israelis were killed and over 100 wounded.

The ISA has arrested more than 20 terrorists belonging to this group. The identities of others are known, and further arrests will follow.

These arrests have disrupted terrorist activity throughout Samaria and in certain parts of Judea as well. Israeli security forces believe that the group was intended to play an important role in the Hamas infrastructure in the terrorities and in the recruiting of additional members.