Kiryat arba attack police 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The members of
Hamas's military wing who carried out the terror attack in the West
Bank near Kiryat Arba last month in which four Israeli's were killed
planned to steal the victims' bodies to make Israel believe the
incident was a kidnapping, Egyptian weekly al-Ahram reported on Monday.
to the report, the terror suspects arrested by Palestinian security
forces following the attacks told their interrogators that their
mission was to stage a kidnapping, causing Israel to impose a mass
closure of the West Bank and thus derail peace talks between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority. The terrorists hoped that Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would be forced to resign as a result
of the peace talks failing.
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The Palestinian sources cited in the report claimed that the attacks
were carried out on the orders of Hamas leadership in Gaza and Damascus.
The plan to steal the bodies was prevented by a passing car which forced the terrorists to flee the scene.
Ames, 47, and his wife Tali Ames, 45, Kochava Even-Haim, 37, and Avishai
Schindler, 24, were driving on Route 60 near the entrance to Kiryat Arba
when their vehicle came under fire. The Ames couple had six children,
including a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler.