Deputy Shin Bet chief tells cabinet organization instructed by headquarters
abroad to carry out mass casualty attack ; says arms smuggling, shootings
and rocket attacks have increased
Ronny Sofer YNET Published: 08.26.07, 18:05 / Israel News
Hamas may carry out a mega-terror attack, the Deputy Shin Bet Chief, known
only as Y, told cabinet members Sunday. "There were clear orders from the
Hamas headquarters abroad to Hamas in Israel to carry out a mass casualty
attack in Israel," he said.
According to Y, the Hamas leadership in Gaza is experiencing "deep strategic
complications." They are having trouble running the government, gaining
legitimacy, controlling internal checkpoints and, in general, positively
impacting daily life.
This situation increases the likelihood that the organization's policy
regarding terror attacks with change, in Gaza, the West Bank and possibly
even outside of Israel, he said.
Arms smuggling has not only continued, it has increased, Y reported. In the
few months since Hamas' took over Gaza in June of this year, 40 tons of
weapons have been smuggled into the Strip - approximately one half of the
total amount of armaments smuggled into the area since Israel's July 2005
Since August, the defense establishment recorded five major incidents of
arms smuggling through Egypt, during which 13 tons of explosives and 150 RPG
(rocket-propelled grenade) carriers were brought in. Simultaneously, there
has been an observable decrease in Egypt's measures to combat the trend.
Not surprisingly, the deputy chief stated that armed attacks against Israeli
communities and forces had increase. There were 20 Qassam attacks last
week, a high number relative to the average of 70 rockets per month.
The number of shooting attacks from Gaza (gun or mortar fire towards the
border fence or into Israel) also increased in the past week - up to 56, in
comparison to 43 attacks the week before. The heightened mortar fire,
specifically, was a response to the IDF's operations within Gaza, Y
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