Extensive Military Infrastructure in Beit Fajr

Released for publication: the Shabak, IDF and Israeli Police arrested dozens of Tanzim and Fatah operatives at the start of 2013 for carrying out many attacks involving incendiary bottles and fire from improvised weapons

Members of an extensive military infrastructure in the village of Beit Fajr, near Bethlehem, was arrested during the months of January and February 2013 by the Israeli Shabak, with assistance from the IDF and Israeli Police.

The Tanzim and Fatah operatives were arrested for their involvement in a large number of attacks involving incendiary bottles and fire from improvised weapons towards the Israeli town of Migdal Oz, as well as the planting of dummy charges. There were no casualties from any of the attacks.

While investigated by the Shabak, the operatives admitted to carrying out the attacks, as well as to their intent to conduct similar fire attacks. Six improvised weapons and a dummy charge were found in the framework of the investigations. Thus far, more than 30 operatives were arrested in the framework of the investigation, and all of the key detainees are residents of Beit Fajr.

Charges were filed in the Judea military court against all of those involved in the affair. The charges attribute severe security violations to those involved, including opening fire towards a person, membership and activity in an unlawful organization, weapon production and throwing incendiary items.

A significant increase in popular terrorism has recently taken place in the surroundings of the village of Beit Fajr. More than 50 operatives, residents of the village, were arrested so far in the framework of efforts to foil sabotage attempts and acts of terror.

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