17 April 2002

Arrest of Nasser Aweis following IDF operation in Tubas District

(Communicated by Israel security sources)

Nasser Aweis, born in 1970, was a resident of the Balata refugee camp. In recent months, he has become one of the most senior military figures in the Fatah Tanzim terrorist organization in Samaria, and has been responsible for a number of bombing attacks in Israel. He has also been responsible for recruiting members for military operations, arming terrorist groups and directing terrorist operations. In addition, he has been involved in arms smuggling.

Between 1986 and 1991, he was imprisoned, after he was sentenced for his involvement in violent disturbances. Following his release, he was wanted for terrorist activity, after his involvement in shooting attacks. He was deported to Jordan in 1992, and returned to the territories in 1995.

In recent months, Aweis has consolidated his position as a senior operative in the Tanzim organization, while maintaining ties with other Tanzim operatives in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Noteworthy, in particular, are his ties with the terrorist infrastructure in Ramallah. Aweis dispatched a number of suicide bombers to the Ramallah area.

Aweis was involved in the following attacks:

  1. The planting of a bomb in the home of an IDF Colonel in Raanana, on October 30, 2001. There were no casualties.
  2. The bombing of a wedding hall in Hadera, on January 17, 2002. Six Israelis were killed and 26 were wounded.
  3. A shooting attack in Jerusalem on January 22, 2002. In the attack, two Israelis were killed and 36 were wounded.
  4. A shooting attack on February 25, 2002, in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, in which an Israeli was killed and 9 other civilians were wounded.
  5. A shooting and grenade attack on March 9, 2002, in the vicinity of the Margoa Hotel in Netanya. 2 Israelis were killed, and 50 others were wounded.
  6. Aweis was also involved in other attempts to carry out terrorist attacks.