Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • Limited 12-hour humanitarian truce takes effect in Gaza

    Read more

  • Video: No investigation apparent at MH17 crash site

    Read more

  • In pictures: Devastation, debris at Air Algérie crash site

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • Kerry due in Paris for new round of Gaza ceasefire talks

    Read more

  • Washington Post reporter and his wife arrested in Iran

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Fans electrify the mood as Tour de France crosses the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Police raid Hamas 'bomb factory' in Hebron

Latest update : 2008-10-11

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces raided a Hamas bomb factory and arrested 11 members of the Islamist faction in the West Bank city of Hebron late on Friday.

Palestinian police found a Hamas-run bomb factory in the West Bank town of Hebron on Friday and arrested 11 people, a security official from the rival Fatah faction said.
   
"A major bomb factory run by Hamas was found today (Friday) by Palestinian police in a residential neighbourhood near Manara," in central Hebron, the official said on condition of anonymity.
   
"Materials that could be used to make dozens of kilos of explosives were seized and 11 people arrested," said the security official.
   
An Israeli army spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the report but spoke only of "Israeli army activity in Hebron."
   
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum vehemently denied the report.
   
"It is absolutely false. It is a lie," Barhum told AFP.
   
"The Palestinian Authority and its police did not find any such thing. They simply want to provide pretexts to justify arrests among our ranks, in a bid to weaken us in the West Bank," he said.
   
Barhum also accused the Palestinian police of "collaborating" with Israel and of seeking to undermine efforts to nail reconciliation talks between Hamas and the Fatah faction of president Mahmud Abbas.
   
Palestinians have been deeply divided since the Islamist movement seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after routing Abbas's Fatah forces in a week of bloody street clashes.
   
Fatah continues to administer the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
   
Hamas-run security forces in Gaza have in recent months detained scores of members of Abbas's Fatah party while security forces in the West Bank carried out tit-for-tat arrests and raids on Hamas-linked organisations.
  

Date created : 2008-10-11

COMMENT(S)