On Sunday, April 20, 2003, Fa’ruz Ahmed Mahmud Makhil was arrested in the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus. Mahil, a wanted female Palestinian, intended to carry out a suicide bombing inside Israel. Mahil was the fifth terrorist arrested during the past two weeks, three of whom intended to carry out suicide bombings.
On Tuesday, April 22, 2003, during the night. Issar Al-Atrash was arrested in Jenin. Issar Al-Atrash, the head of Islamic Jihad in the city, was a senior terrorist who was involved in planning a deadly terrorist attack shortly against an Israeli target.
In addition, Izaak J’uadrah was arrested in Jenin. J’uadrah, an Islamic Jihad terrorist, was involved in an organization intending to carry out a deadly terrorist attack inside Israel, and attempting to pass on an explosives belt to a suicide bomber.
In Nablus, Anas Sharitah was arrested. Sharitah was the head of the Islamic Jihad terrorist infrastructure in the city, and planned to carry out suicide bombings.
In addition, Sharitah was an explosives expert. Five explosive devices were discovered in Sharitah’s house and detonated in a controlled explosion.
In Kalkilya, Nur Ditan, the head of the PFLP in the city, was arrested. On Thursday, April 24, 2003, Khatib Gadao, the head of Hamas in Bethlehem was arrested.
In addition, Maj’ad Ibrhaim Sabah and Arshid Sabbanah, Islamic Jihad terrorists, were arrested, south of Sanur. The two had in their possession a Kalashnikov rifle and four cartridges. In total, 46 wanted Palestinians were arrested in the West Bank over the past week.
The Gaza Strip:
On Saturday, April 19, 2003, during IDF operations in the city of Rafah, two weapon smuggling tunnels were uncovered, one of which was dug to a depth of 30 meters. The tunnels were demolished in a controlled explosion.
In addition, IDF forces demolished the house of Mahmoud Abu Shmallah, the head of the Hamas in Rafah. During a search of his house, a vest with grenades, bullets, and other improvised ammunition was found.
During operations, IDF soldier, Sergeant Lior Ziv, of the IDF Spokesperson’s Film and Photography Unit, was killed. An additional soldier was seriously wounded, and two others wounded moderately-to-lightly.
During the week, 3 Qassam rockets were launched towards Israeli communities, two of which fell on the Israeli city of Sderot. One hit a kindergarten, causing damage to the building. The second hit a private house.
In addition, during the past week, 5 anti-tank missiles and 11 mortar shells were fired. In addition, ten instances of weapons fire and grenades attacks against IDF positions in the Gaza Strip were noted.