DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007, 11:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
Hani al-Kawasmeh quits as Palestinian minister of interior for lack of authority to activate the security services for restoring order in Gaza. Palestinian government spokesman Mohammed Barghouti warns that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of degenerating onto a second Somalia. debkafile's Palestinian sources report that the ...
Hamas' Abu Obeid threatens: Gilead Shalit will be put to death if Israel carries out military operation in Gaza <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 10, 2007, 8:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
The decision, he says, rests with Hamas' military arm, Ezz e-Din al-Qassam.
UK consul Richard Makepeace meets Hamas PM Ismail Haniya to discuss fate of kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2007, 8:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports: No progress has been made for his release since Palestinian gunmen seized the English correspondent in Gaza City nearly three months ago. Appealing to Haniya is fruitless since he has no control or access to Johnston's fate. The rift between Hamas and al Qaeda-Palestine which holds ...
Hamas list of released prisoners is non-negotiable, the only way to gain Gilead Shalit's recovery - Khaled Meshaal in Damascus<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 12:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sunday night, the hard-line Hamas leader said at a Damascus meeting that Israel had rejected the list of jailed prisoners on two counts: most had "blood on their hands" and it included Israeli Arabs. "There is no other list on offer for Gilead Shalit's freedom," said Meshaal. If that is ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Military Report: No sign of ground action in Hamas' massive missile-mortar barrage on southern Israel Tuesday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 9:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel lodged a strong protest with the UN Security Council over the Hamas missile-mortar attack and attempted kidnap of another Israeli soldier. debkafile's military sources report the only indication that Hamas was ready for a ground incursion was the heavy direct fire directed at the Israeli positions clustered ...
Hamas blasts Israeli locations around Gaza with mortars and missiles early Tuesday: "Message to Zionist enemy, our strikes will continue." <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 9:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ten mortar shells struck Sderot's Hadar district by 8:30 a.m. local time; 6 Qassam missiles exploded in other parts of the W. Negev up to Ashkelon causing damage but no casualties. Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida: "This is a message to the Zionist enemy that our strikes will continue. We have ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hamas threatens to start abducting Israelis and Jews overseas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 24, 2007, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
The threat, issued Sat. April 21, is in response to Israel's refusal to bow to the terms for releasing the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit and BBC correspondent Alan Johnston. Israeli security sources: Lacking networks outside the Gaza Strip and West Bank, Hamas is expected to employ the extensive Lebanese Hizballah ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 24, 2007, 8:46 AM (GMT+02:00)
The gunman opened fire on the Israeli car at the north Jerusalem Hizmeh checkpoint and made off on foot. Two Qassam missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip Sunday, the day after a direct hit on their home left six Israelis injured in the southern Israeli town of Sderot. It ...
Undercover Israeli troops shoot dead three armed Palestinians in act of drive-by shooting near Jenin<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2007, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two belonged to Fatah-Al Aqsa Brigades, one Jihad Islami. They had joined forces for the attack outside the northern West Bank town.
In an earlier incident near Jenin Saturday, an IDF force killed a Palestinian rooftop sniper shooting at their patrol. Three bombs were hurled first. There were no Israel casualties ...
Israeli Air Force helicopter strikes vehicle in Jebalya in N. Gaza after three Qassam missiles injure 6 Israelis in Sderot Saturday night
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2007, 10:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
A Palestinian Jihad Islami operative was killed. The three Palestinian missiles damaged a home in Sderot and injured its occupants. A fourth missile from Gaza Saturday night exploded near Netiv Ha'Asara to the north
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran-backed Jihad Islami claims new homemade warhead and engine extends Qassam missile range to 18 km
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2007, 9:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian Jihad Islami boasted Sunday, April 15, to have already tested a two-stage missile Al Quds-3 (Qassam) with new engine and warhead and attained a range of 18 km. The extremist group claimed to have amassed sufficient stocks in the Gaza Strip to fire dozens of missiles a day ...
Palestinian security forces break up a demo to protest kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 1:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The protest by Palestinian journalists took place outside the Palestinian parliament in Gaza Tuesday, April 17. The BBC reporter has been missing for five weeks since Palestinian gunmen seized him. There has been no word on his fate except for an unverified claim by an al Qaeda-linked Palestinian group that ...
Hamas mounts a new suicide terror offensive against Israeli cities from the West Bank. The first attack was planned for the Seder Feast in Tel Aviv
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007, 10:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a combined operation, the Shin Bet and IDF rounded up in the West Bank town of Qalqilya 19 members of a Hamas network which managed to send a truck loaded with 100 kilos of explosives into Greater Tel Aviv on Passover Eve.
For some unknown reason, the truck, which ...
BBC, Sky, CNN and Al Jazeera News channels issue joint appeal Thursday for release of BBC's Alan Johnston four weeks after his abduction by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2007, 5:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
The British journalist is held by the same Palestinian groups which kidnapped the Israeli soldier Gideon Shalit 10 months ago. No word has been received on the fate of either of the two men.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007, 10:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
The incident occurred when Israeli troops on counter-terror patrol encountered a group of Palestinians about to plant an explosive device in their path. Both began shooting.
In northern Gaza, a band of terrorists was attacked by an Israeli helicopter as they planted an explosive devoice on the Israeli border fence. The ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Palestinian leaders use Gilead Shalit for a face-saving disinformation media campaign
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 3:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hamas has handed Egyptian mediators a list of Palestinian prisoners demanded in exchange for Gilead Shalit, who was seized on the Israeli side of the Gaza border by Palestinian gunmen ten months ago.
The Palestinian unity government leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh need to save face after repeatedly falling ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 9:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
At the secular Bir Zeit university of Ramallah, Hamas gained 22 seats in student union elections, edging past Fatah's 21, leaving 6 places for the left-wing bloc and two for Jihad Islami.
Mahmoud a-Zahar of Hamas, former Palestinian foreign minister, says even if Israel withdraws from 90% of "occupied territory", there will be no settlement<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007, 7:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Islam provides the only solution to the conflict and until it is achieved, armed resistance will continue. Engagement with Israel is a means not an end. There can be no compromise on the refugee question. The PLO, the Hamas leader declared, has no authority to represent the Palestinian people.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal declares: We have not abandoned "armed resistance" to Israel. "Our men in the field stand ready for a new uprising."<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2007, 9:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
These words were spoken 24 hours before the Saudi peace plan was presented to the Arab League summit in Riyadh and Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh takes his seat alongside Mahmoud Abbas at the head of the Palestinian delegation.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Palestinian kidnappers link BBC correspondent's case with abducted Israeli soldier to boost ransom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2007, 7:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Ten days ago, BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was seized by armed men in Gaza (March 12), nine months after Hamas-led Palestinian raiders snatched Israeli corporal Gilead Shalit.
Our counter-terror sources disclose that Montaz Durmush, leader of the Army of Islam (Al Qaeda-Palestine), which is holding both hostages, is using the British ...