22 April 2002
Arrest of Fatah Tanzim Terrorists from Ramallah
(Communicated by Israel security sources)
In the course of operations initiated by the Israel Security Agency
(ISA) and the IDF, within the framework of Operation Defensive
Shield, a number of senior military operatives from the Fatah Tanzim
in Ramallah were arrested. The operatives carried out a number of
large-scale terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. Security
forces located the operatives in the Qalandia refugee camp, and after
a short exchange of fire, the terrorists surrendered. A number of the
terrorists' accomplices were also arrested, during the operation.
The following senior military Tanzim operatives were arrested:
Khaloum Naji: A 29-year-old resident of the el-Amari refugee camp. He
is the brother of Abd el Minem Naji, the assassin of the Israel
Security Official Noam Cohen, and Nasser Naji, a leader of the Tanzim
in Ramallah who was also recently arrested by Israel security forces.
Khaloum was involved in the killing of a Palestinian suspected of
cooperating with Israel. At the beginning of the Palestinian campaign
of violence and terrorism, he was involved in shooting attacks
against the IDF, and also participated in the planning of an ambush
against IDF vehicles, close to the Ein Arik checkpoint.
In recent months, he was involved in dispatching a female suicide
bomber who blew herself up at the Maccabim checkpoint, on February
27, 2002. In addition, he was involved in the dispatch of a terrorist
to the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem on February 25, 2002. In
the subsequent terrorist attack, a policewoman was killed, and ten
Israeli civilians were wounded. In this attack, Khaloum served as the
forward liaison, coordinating the attack and providing transportation
for the terrorist to reach his destination.
Khaloum was also involved in the terrorist attack on the Seafood
Restaurant in Tel Aviv, on March 5, 2002, in which three civilians
were killed and 31 others were wounded. He was also involved in
attempts to carry out additional attacks in the Jerusalem area.
Israeli security forces prevented the attacks.
William Qadri: 22 years old and a resident of Ramallah, Qadri was a
Fatah Tanzim operative, and a member of the Force 17 organization in
Ramallah. He was involved in many shooting attacks against the IDF
and Israeli civilians, including the following:
On November 13, 2000, a shooting attack was carried out against a
bus of IDF soldiers near Halamish. Two IDF soldiers were killed, and
eight others were wounded.
On December 31, 2000, a shooting ambush was carried out against an
Israeli vehicle, killing the Kahane couple and wounding and five of
In recent months, he was involved together with fellow members of his
terrorist cell in dispatching terrorists to Israel.
Ziad Hamdada: A 27-year-old resident of Ramallah, and a Fatah Tanzim
operative who carried out a number of shooting attacks against the
IDF. He also trained Tanzim operatives. Hamdada set fire to the body
of one of the Israeli reservists who was the victim of the mob lynch
in Ramallah in October 2000. He was also involved in the planting of
an explosive charge in a Jerusalem pub on May 19, 2001. Fortunately,
the owner of the pub discovered the explosive charge in time and
disaster was averted. Over recent months, Hamdada in coordination
with other members of his terrorist cell has dispatched suicide
bombers to Israel, and has planned a number of terrorist attacks.
Ashraf Yamini: A 25-year-old resident of Ein Oum Sharit, Yamini is a
senior Fatah Tanzim operative who was involved in many shooting
attacks. In addition, he was involved in the planning of several
attacks together with other members of his terrorist cell. These
included a shooting attack on a bus of IDF officers close to the
community of Ofra, a shooting and grenade attack on police vehicles
close to Atarot, the planning of a car bombing close to a Jerusalem
discotheque on Friday night, the planning of a shooting attack close
to the community of Ofra and the planning of an attack on a vehicle
driven by a military judge. Yamini's terrorist cell had been
gathering intelligence information for future attacks.
Yamini was involved in the attempt to bomb a Jerusalem pub, and also
played a role in the dispatching of suicide bombers to Israel in
order to carry out attacks. These attacks were foiled, due to the
work of the ISA, the IDF and Israeli police.
Abed el Majid Hashem: A 22-year-old resident of the Amari refugee
camp in Ramallah, and a Fatah Tanzim operative. He killed his
employer Gad Rajwan on February 27, 2002, in his Atarot coffee
factory. Abed Al Majid was dispatched to carry out the attack by the
Abu Hamid family.
Mohammed Fares Khalil: A 29-year-old resident of El Bireh, and a
Fatah Tanzim operative who was involved in shooting attacks at the
IDF. He was a senior accomplice of Nasser Abu Hamid and other Tanzim
operatives. He was involved in the dispatching of suicide bombers to
Israel in order to carry out attacks.
The above arrests of the Fatah Tanzim terrorists have been carried
out, as part of Operation Defensive Shield, in order to eradicate the
terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank in general, and in
Ramallah, in particular.