Israel finds major suicide bomb cache
Special to World Tribune.com
MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
JERUSALEM Ñ Israel's military has found what officials termed a huge
cache of suicide belts and other bombs in the West Bank.
Officials and military sources said an elite Israeli force discovered
the weapons cache in the northern West Bank city of Nablus overnight
Wednesday. They said a paratrooper unit found a large amount of explosives
ready for use in belts and briefcases.
The cache included a video camera, laptop computer, boxes of shrapnel,
bombs ready for detonation. The Israeli force also found raw material
required for the assembly of explosives.
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"This was a cache that contained a range of assets, "Lt. Col. Shmuel,
commander of the force, said in an interview with Israeli Army radio on
The cache was believed to have belonged to the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, a Damascus-based organization. Officials said the
PFLP has been revived by new funding and support from Iran and Syria.
The seizure of the cache was reported amid a Palestinian suicide bombing
campaign against Israeli civilian and military targets. Officials said most
of the suicide bombings over the last four days stemmed from a Hamas cell in
the southern West Bank city of Hebron.