Shin Bet charges Iran training Palestinians for terror attacks (JERUSALEM POST) By JERUSALEM POST STAFF 12/26/02)
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Palestinians wounded during the current conflict and taken to Iran
for medical treatment are being trained to carry out terrorist
attacks once they return to Palestinian Authority-controlled
territories, according to a Shin Bet report on Iranian activities
inflaming the ongoing violence.
Among the arrested terrorists suspected of being sent back by Iran is
Hisham Abu Harb, of Khan Yunis, a member of PA Chairman Yasser
Arafat´s Force 17 presidential guard.
According to the Shin Bet report, Israel agreed to allow wounded
Palestinians to travel to Iran for humanitarian reasons. Once they
arrive there, they are evaluated by Revolutionary Guard officials to
determine if they can be recruited to carry out terrorist attacks. If
so, they are given military training.
Among the Palestinians who have been trained in Iran are Munir
Hantash, 27, of Kalkilya, who was unable to undergo military training
due to his wounds, but promised the Iranians he would recruit
Palestinians, the report said.
Six months after he came back to the West Bank, he returned to Iran
for further instruction, and received training and $5,000 for his
activities. Upon his return to the West Bank, he oversaw shooting
attacks in the Nablus and Kalkilya areas, in which there were no
casualties. He was arrested this past October.
(With the Itim news agency) (© 1995-2002, The Jerusalem Post 12/26/02)
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