Female terror network uncovered

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israeli security establishment has revealed that the Shin Bet had uncovered a terror network made up entirely of women who acted and supported terror activities of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank.

Six women were arrested during the months of August and September for allegedly belonging to an Islamic Jihad terror network which operated in and around the city of Ramallah in the West Bank and actively supported and financed shooting attacks and roadside bombings in the area and operated an explosives lab, the Shin Bet reported.

The network was divided into two cells, one operating in the village of Kfar Ayin and the other in the village of Kfar Na’ama, both responsible for several attacks in the Ramallah area in the past year.

Wadaha Fakha'a, 34, of the village of Jilzon, who also acted as the head of the Islamic Jihad office in Ramallah told interrogators after her arrest that she was responsible for receiving funds from the Islamic Jihad headquarters in Syria and delivering it to one of the cells.

The money was then transferred to other Islamic Jihad terror cells by way of two female couriers Haba Hamidat, 21, and Falastin Tsoobah, 21, also residents Jilzon. In addition to these two, the Ramallah office also employed the services of other female money couriers who, according to their confessions, received $100 commission for each money transfer.

Another woman who was arrested was Rania Abu Khadir, 26, of Tzurif who headed the Islamic Jihad student union in Hebron University and is suspected of being active in charity organizations that siphoned money to terror cells and families of suicide bombers.

According to defense sources, the use of females in terror activities, both in supporting roles and as active terrorists, has been growing in popularity over the past few years. The recent Intifada has seen several female suicide bombers cause major death and destruction.

The most recent use of females in a terror attack came only yesterday as a female suicide bomber of the Islamic Jihad blew herself up near a temporary checkpoint in the city of Beit Hanun in northern Gaza where the IDF is wrapping up their weeklong operation. The terrorist was killed instantly, and an IDF soldier was lightly injured from the attack.

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