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Hamas commander said ordering terror attacks from solitary confinement

TEL AVIV — Israel has determined that Hamas inmates were planning insurgency operations in the West Bank.


The Israel Security Agency has assessed that Hamas military commander Ibrahim Hamid planned several major attacks in the West Bank over the last year. Hamid, convicted of ordering a series of suicide bombings, has been in solitary confinement since 2006.

"He constitutes a serious and extraordinary danger even from within prison," an affadavit submitted by Israeli authorities said.

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The affadavit, meant to extend Hamid's solitary confinement, asserted that the Hamas commander planned a shooting attack in September 2010 in Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. Two Israelis were injured at a key junction in the Hamas drive-by shooting.

In mid-July, an Israeli court decided to extend Hamid's solitary confinement until the end of 2011. The Hamas commander was moved to another prison and allowed visits only by his attorneys.

ISA has deemed Hamid a "strategic terrorist" and a model for Hamas fighters in the West Bank. He was said to have been responsible for the death of 90 Israelis in suicide strikes in 2002 and 2003.

But the affadavit, much of which remains classified, did not disclose how Hamid planned attacks from solitary confinement. Hamid was captured in the West Bank town of Silwad in 2006.

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