Jerusalem, 3 November 2002

ISA arrests terrorists responsible for Samaria shootings
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

In recent months, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) has uncovered a Fatah terror infrastructure in the area of the village of Salfit in Samaria, whose members perpetrated several deadly shooting attacks in the vicinity of the Trans-Samaria highway in which four Israelis were murdered this past summer.

– On July 30, 2002, brothers Mordechai and Shlomo Odesser were shot and murdered as they delivered diesel fuel in Jama’in, near Ariel.

– On August 5, 2002, Avi and Avital Wolanski were shot and murdered as they drove near Eli in Samaria; their two young sons were wounded.

The ISA has arrested 10 of the terrorists, including the four who perpetrated the aforementioned murders. Those captured were Tanzim operatives, several of whom were also active in Palestinian Authority Military Intelligence and Force 17.