In a joint Israel Defense Forces and Israel Security Authorities operation early this morning, security forces arrested three wanted Tanzim terrorists, operating under a joint Hamas and PRC infrastructure which originates in the Gaza Strip. The three were in the Palestinian police headquarters in Ramallah at the time of the arrest.
Israeli troops surrounded the city where there was an exchange of fire between the Israeli security forces and Palestinian gunmen. After a three-hour standoff and an attempt to hide out in the Palestinian police headquarters in Ramallah, the three terrorists surrendered after it was made clear to them that there would be no immunity even within the police station.
The arrested men are Bassam Shafik Atiya Ahtiya, 34, resident of the Umari refugee camp, Khamze Salah Taktuk, 22, a resident of Ramallah and I'iam Fuab Naaef Kamamju, 20, a resident of Ramallah.
The three, who are the prime suspects in the June 25th abduction and murder of Eliyahu Asheri, from the Samarian town of Itamar, received money and instructions from the Gaza Strip. They were also involved in other terror activity, including planning of a suicide attack which was thwarted by security forces in March 2006, and the smuggling of large amounts of weaponry from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
The three suspects were taken for questioning by security sources.
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