[On Sept. 28, the Israel Navy intercepted the latest of a series of
humanitarian boats headed for the Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. The interception of the boat
by naval commandos was said to have encountered no resistance.]
Officials said Al Aqsa has not conducted major operations since at least
2004. They said many of its members were absorbed into the U.S.-trained PA
This marked the first threat in months by Fatah against Israel of
attacks in the West Bank. Officials said the Fatah leadership has warned PA
Mahmoud Abbas against continuing peace talks with Israel amid a resumption
of Jewish construction.
The Israeli military has been on alert for Palestinian unrest in wake of
the expiration of the Jewish construction freeze. On Sept. 27, the Israel
Army raided a Palestinian insurgency stronghold in the West Bank village of
The Army reported finding a large amount of unidentified Israeli
military equipment. Some of the stolen weapons included an AR-15 assault
rifle as well as ammunition.
"The ammunition and military equipment were transferred to sappers," the
military said. "In addition, five wanted Palestinians were arrested in the
village and taken for security questioning."