PA transfers rocket materials to Israel

Security forces had earlier claimed Kassams found in Bethlehem were to be used against Jerusalem.

By
September 26, 2007 12:08
1 minute read.
PA transfers rocket materials to Israel

bethlehem rockets 224 88. (photo credit: Channel 2)

 
X

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 analyses 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

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Palestinian Authority security forces from Bethlehem transferred two metal pipes to Israel on Wednesday which they believed were intended to be used in the production of Kassams. The rockets, Palestinian security officials speculated, were to be fired at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Palestinian security forces had discovered the pipes, along with a small amount of explosives and a briefcase with documents, in an area between Bethlehem's El Aida refugee camp and the village of Beit Jala, which is situated on the hill opposite Gilo. The Palestinian news agency Ma'an said that the "rockets" were one-and-a-half meters long, but IDF sources said that they were standard metal pipes that were not suitable for use as Kassam rockets. Sources in the IDF's Central Command said they were not surprised that Palestinian terror groups were trying to develop and manufacture Kassam rockets in the West Bank. Two years ago, a Tanzim cell in Bethlehem was caught in the process of laying infrastructure for the production of the homemade rockets. And during the Second Lebanon War, Palestinian terrorists tried to launch a homemade rocket from Tulkarm but failed. "Terrorists in the West Bank are trying to copy their Gaza counterparts," a security official said. "The only difference is that the IDF has a tight grip on the West Bank and succeeds, most of the time, in foiling these plans." Palestinian intelligence head Tawfiq Tarawi said the so-called rockets were still in the early stage of production and had not yet been fitted with explosives. Tarawi would not say whether any arrests had been made. He also declined to say who built them, but said the weapons resembled the rockets developed by Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. "This is not the first time. Two months ago we found similar rockets and we destroyed them," Tarawi said. "This is unacceptable. We will not allow anyone to use such missiles because he will be destroying the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian towns." IDF officials praised the conduct of the PA security forces which discovered the pipes and immediately contacted the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria to hand them over. The defense officials said that compared to other West Bank cities, terrorists in Bethlehem were not allowed to operate freely since the PA was afraid that terrorism would harm the strong tourism industry in the city.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN