Arch Hamas terrorist wanted since 1998 nabbed by elite IDF unit

Soldiers from the elite undercover Duvdevan unit, together with Shin Bet arrest terrorist let go by Palestinian security forces.

March 5, 2014 00:09
Ayoub Al-Kawasma

Ayoub Al-Kawasma. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The IDF on Tuesday tracked down and apprehended a Hamas member wanted for terrorist offenses since 1998.

Soldiers from the elite undercover Duvdevan unit, together with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), arrested Ayoub al-Kawasma in Hebron, security sources said. There were no exchanges of fire or other violence during the arrest operation.

Kawasma was a senior member of Hamas’s military wing in the West Bank in the 1990s, security sources added. He was wanted for his role in a number of terrorist attacks, but vanished in 1998.

He resurfaced in 2010, and was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces. A little over a week ago, for reasons unknown, the PA released Kawsama from prison, leading the IDF to begin planning his arrest.

Separately on Tuesday evening, Palestinians threw four firebombs at an Israeli vehicle near the Habitot junction, south of Nablus. There were no injuries.

The IDF said it stopped a vehicle suspected of being involved in the attack.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron


Cookie Settings