(Communicated by Israeli security sources)

In a joint Border Police and ISA activity earlier today, May 8, 2006, security forces arrested Nazer Ibrahim Hasin Abayat, a wanted senior Tanzim operative in the village of Halhul, north of Hebron. Abayat was armed at the time of his arrest with a handgun and ammunition clip.

Abayat, 33, resident of the city of Bethlehem, has been wanted by security forces since 2000 for his involvement in numerous shooting attacks carried out in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Har Homa and in the Bethlehem area.

Abayat, one of the top wanted Tanzim operatives in Bethlehem, had also been dealing in weaponry and had maintained close contact with senior wanted terrorists.

Abayat was involved in numerous attacks, these include:

– The killing of IDF soldier Sgt. Max Hazan on October 2, 2000 in a sniper shooting attack near the village of Beit Sahur, east of Bethlehem.
– Killing of two IDF soldiers, Lt. David Cohen and Sgt. Shlomo Adashina, in the area of Al-Hader, west of Bethlehem, on November 1, 2000. Four additional soldiers were injured in the shooting attack.
– Murder of Israeli civilian Avi Boaz on January 15, 2002 in the village of Beit Jala, northwest of Bethlehem.
– The killing of Israeli police officer Moshe Dayan on March 2, 2002. Dayan was ambushed and shot to death by Abayat and his cell while driving his motorbike near the Marsaba Monastery located east of Bethlehem.
Two additional wanted Palestinians were arrested in the arrest activity.