Skip to comments.Security forces thwart suicide bomb attack
Posted on 02/23/2004 9:26:32 PM PST by yonif
Two Tanzim fugitives arrested in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus led soldiers to a hidden bag containing 15 kilograms of explosives that they planned to use in an attack in Israel.
Palestinian reports said the two were brothers and identified them as Ahmad Abu Lail, 25, and Amjad Abu Lail, 23. Officers noted that the Muhammad Za'al, the suicide bomber in Sunday's attack in which eight people were killed used five kilograms of explosives.
Smarting from criticism over Sunday's attack, officers declared that it only takes one attack for the public to lose their perspective.
"Unfortunately, the majority of suicide bombings are those who we had no specific information on. Security forces operate around the clock and thwart scores of attacks each month.
"However, when the public reads that 'Ahmed' was arrested they don't realize that in most cases his arrest means that an additional attack was thwarted," one official said. "When we have information concerning a specific area then security forces are alerted and deployed accordingly," the official said. "Last month, we thwarted more than 25 attacks."
On Monday evening, soldiers searched along the Husan bypass road for Palestinians responsible for throwing stones at Israeli vehicles traveling on the road. While no one was wounded, police officials said several vehicles were damaged. Shots were also fired at an Israeli vehicle north of Jenin.
Elsewhere in the region, soldiers arrested 19 Palestinian fugitives. Seven fugitives were arrested near Ramallah, one PFLP member was arrested in Bir Zeit, three in Husan the hometown of Sunday's suicide bomber one in Hebron, one in Bethlehem and six in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.
In the early morning, soldiers demolished two homes, one belonging to Za'al in Husan and another in Salfit south of Nablus that belonged to Ahmed Salim, a Tanzim member who murdered two Israelis and wounded two others in two shooting attacks in August 2002.
In the Gaza Strip, shots were fired twice at an IDF post near Rafah. Earlier, an anti-tank rocket was fired at an post on the Kissufim road that leads to Israeli communities in Gush Katif. Shots were also fired at an IDF post on the Karni Netzarim road in the north Gaza Strip. In the afternoon, sappers blew up a bomb found by soldiers north of Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
Can you imagine the pressure on those security forces, constantly having to monitor incoming Pali bombers, while hearing all the "road to peace" bs?
Israeli security has done a magnificent job, but they can't catch every one. It's time to stop it.
What would the world do if Israel got tough and made the terrorists realize that playing with Israel will cause mass reprisals? Scream, yell, convene more European court sessions?
As it stands now, PLO, Hamas, etc. know that they can hope to slip the occasional bomber in, blow up a bus and kill, maim, wound, a bunch of Israelis and Israelis will attempt a little reprisal. Their leadership probably goes into deep hiding after every bus bombing.
It's a game to them.
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