March 27, 2003
Senior Islamic Jihad terrorist arrested while hiding in the offices of the International Solidarity Movement in Jenin
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
Shadi Sukiya, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad in Jenin who was involved in the planning of several thwarted suicide attacks, was arrested by IDF troops while hiding in the offices of the International Solidarity Movement.
The IDF was conducting searches since last night for Sukiya in a complex of buildings. During the searches, an assistant to Sukiya surrendered, and two Kalashnikov rifles were found. Based on intelligence information, the forces searched a building housing several international organizations (Physicians without Borders, the Red Cross and the International Solidarity Movement). Sukiya was found hiding in the offices of the International Solidarity Movement. A handgun was also found.
Two foreign women activists of the organization helped Sukiya hide from IDF forces.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that terrorists make use of offices and property of international and humanitarian organizations to carry out terror attacks and to hide from IDF forces. Such behavior puts the organizations and their staff and property at risk.
Sukiya, one of the senior Islamic jihad terrorists in Jenin, was involved in several thwarted suicide attacks, including a planned suicide bus bombing in northern Israel in September 2002, another suicide attack last October, and a planned suicide attack with an explosive suitcase in February 2003.
Suykia was also involved in planting explosive devices and shooting attacks against IDF troop and Jewish communities in the Jenin area.