Daily Israel Report

Counter-Terror Drag Nets Hezbollah 'Reporter'

First Publish: 1/8/2004, 6:56 PM / Last Update: 1/8/2004, 8:35 PM

It was released for publication that a Tanzim terrorist who worked as a reporter for Hezbolla’s Al-Manar television station was arrested during the IDF’s early morning counter-terror operation in Jenin on Wednesday. The wanted terrorist, Div Hurani, was disguised as a woman at the time of his arrest.

Arutz-7’s Haggai Huberman reports that Hurani was arrested together with Muntazar Abu-Alyon, a 28-year-old wanted Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorist from Jenin. Abu-Alyon is second-in-command to Zakhria Zabidi – the commander of the Al-Aksa terror branch of Yassir Arafat’s Fatah organization in Jenin. He was responsible for dozens of shooting attacks in the Jenin region as well as the financing of several bomb attacks in Israeli cities.

Huberman adds that Muntazar Abu-Alayon was responsible for three murders in June, 2003 and was in the midst of planning imminent attacks on Jewish targets.

The IDF shot and killed another Al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigade member - Asa'ad Haliliya – as he attempted to escape arrest by entering a PA municipal building, Ynet reported.

Wednesday morning the IDF conducted a sweeping counter-terror operation in several Arab villages in Judea and Samaria. A bomb-making workshop was discovered in Ramallah. In Shechem and Tulkarem, the IDF arrested several wanted terrorists. IDF soldiers in Tulkarem killed an armed terrorist after he opened fire on them.

Six more terrorists were arrested in Shechem this morning, bringing the total arrested in the IDF’s two-day sweep to 24.