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IDF Prepares for Possible Hamas Revenge

Central Command Intelligence Officer says Hamas seeks to avenge assassination of terrorists responsible for August terror attack.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/15/2010, 1:45 AM / Last Update: 10/15/2010, 1:41 AM

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The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Area Division is preparing for possible terror attacks by Hamas in an attempt to avenge the assassination of two terrorists responsible for a deadly attack which killed four Israelis on August 31.

Hamas terrorists Mamoun Natsha and Nashet Naim Carmi were killed last Friday morning in Hevron. The two refused to comply with IDF soldiers who came to arrest them, and were shot while resisting arrest, witnesses said.

The two were behind the attack on August 31 at the Bani Na’im junction south of Hevron. Beit Haggai residents Yitzchak and Talya Imas, Kochava Even-Chaim, and Avishai Shindler were killed after being shot from close range. The Fatah-led PA carried out dozens of arrests in the Hevron region in the days following the murders. However, some accused the PA of using the opportunity to go after its political opponents in Hamas, and not to truly target the killers. None of those detained by the PA were named as suspects in the shooting.

The latest issue of the IDF’s weekly magazine, Bamahane, quotes the chief intelligence officer of Central Command, Col. Ronen, who said: “In southern Judea there are still places in which weapons and terrorist cells are hiding. In the near future they will try to carry out terror attacks similar to ones we’ve recently seen. The latest assassination will not deter terror squads from carrying out further attacks.”

Ronen added that the terrorists’ hiding place was not chosen accidentally. He said that they hid in the H-2 area, a part of Hevron which is under Israeli control. The reason for this, explained Ronen, is that PA security services do not operate in this area and the terrorists felt relatively safe there, under the impression that the PA was in charge of the search..

“They thought we wouldn’t find them, but we got them and came full circle,” concluded Col. Ronen.