TEL AVIV The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has ordered its Palestinian agents to launch mass-casualty attacks in Israel.
Israeli security sources said Hizbullah has been financing more than 20 plots to conduct suicide and other bombings inside the Jewish state. The sources said Hizbullah has relayed funds to Fatah operatives loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
"Hizbullah has increased funding and orders since the end of the [Israeli-Lebanese] war," a source said. "It wants the action to move from Lebanon to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."
The sources said their information was based on the capture and interrogation of senior Fatah and Jihad operatives. They said Hizbullah-aligned cells were most active in the West Bank city of Nablus.
On Jan. 25, Israeli security forces captured a Fatah operative identified as Amr Damara in Nablus. The 26-year-old has been charged with organizing bombing attacks in Israel on orders of Hizbullah.
The sources said Damara was appointed by Hizbullah about a month ago after the death of the previous liasion with the Shi'ite militia. Mohammed Ramaha, another Fatah operative, was Hizbullah's liasion in Nablus, until he was killed in an Israeli military operation on Dec. 14, 2006.
"Recently, Damara was involved in attempts to carry out a bombing attack against Israeli civilians and lead several attempts to smuggle explosive devices and explosive belts out of Nablus," the sources said.
The sources said the Fatah network in Nablus was directed by both Hizbullah as well as commanders from the Gaza Strip. They said the network marked one of the greatest security threats in the West Bank.
"These operatives are continuously working in order to carry out bombing attacks against Israeli civilians," the source said.
On Tuesday, Israeli security forces foiled a major suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Security forces captured a 24 year-old Islamic Jihad insurgent who led them to a cache of explosives hidden in central Israel. The insurgent also led security forces to to his operator, Mahmoud Abu Ubayed, 24, commander of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank town of Jenin. On Wednesday, border police ambushed and killed Abu Ubayed.