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Weapons cache (archives) Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office
Weapons cache (archives) Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office

PA uncovers huge Hamas arms cache

Security official says forces in Nablus discovered caches containing hundreds of kilograms of explosives, ammunition and weapons; claims Islamist group plotted to carry out attacks in West Bank, Israel

Ali Waked
Published: 04.26.10, 06:58 / Israel News

The Palestinian Authority has foiled terror attacks planned by Hamas by discovering a number of arms caches in Nablus, a security official in Ramallah told Ynet on Sunday night.


The attacks, according to the official, were meant to be carried out in the West Bank and apparently in Israel as well.


The Palestinian official said the caches contained hundreds of kilograms of explosives, ammunition and weapons. He said the PA is looking into the possibility that at least one large-scale terror attack was planned.


The caches were discovered following the arrest of a senior member of Hamas' armed wing. The man led the Palestinian Preventive Security Force to the storehouses in Nablus.

 After the arrest, the Hamas man led the Palestinian security forces to the Nablus storehouses, where they were astonished to discover the huge cache which defined as unprecedented.


According to the security source, this was the biggest cache of Hamas weapons and explosives uncovered by the Palestinian Authority.


The sources estimated that the discovery prevented a series of terror attacks in the West Bank and likely in Israel as week. He said the PA was looking into the possibility that Hamas had been planning at least one "major" attack.


"The Palestinian Authority is working with all its might to maintain order," the security official noted, adding that Hamas was likely looking to ignite the region amid the increased efforts to jumpstart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and reports of a possible Israeli withdrawal from West Bank cities.


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