UN Gaza Boys' School Headmaster Made Terrorist Bombs|
by Hillel Fendel
1 Iyar 5768, 06 May 08 03:41
(IsraelNN.com) Reuters reports that a terrorist killed in an IAF air strike last week, Awad al-Qiq, actually lived a double life: By day, he was a respected headmaster and science teacher at a United Nations school, but during the night, he built rockets for Islamic Jihad.
The news agency reports that Israel's air strike in southern Gaza last Wednesday not only revealed Al-Qiq's double life, but also "embarrassed a U.N. agency which has long had to rebuff Israeli accusations that it has aided and abetted guerrillas fighting the Jewish state."
Though his family, students, colleagues, and U.N. officials denied knowledge of Qiq's work with explosives, Hamas terrorists hailed him as a martyr who led Islamic Jihad's bomb-making unit. They fired a barrage of Kassam rockets into Israel in response to his death.
A spokesman for UNRWA - the UN Relief and Works Agency, which runs the school in which Qiq taught - told Reuters that it was looking into the matter. "We have a zero-tolerance policy towards politics and militant activities in our schools," he said. "Obviously, we are not the thought police and we cannot police people's minds."
Air Force Eliminates Gaza Terrorist
Arabs from Gaza report that a member of the Hamas military wing, Hisham Shomar, was killed in an Israel Air Force strike early Tuesday morning. Three terrorists were reported wounded. The IDF confirmed the attack on armed terrorists, part of a cell that fired mortar shells at Israel from northern Gaza.
Israel on the Alert: 11 Specific Warnings
In honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day, which fall on Wednesday and Thursday this week, the Defense Ministry has imposed a full closure on the Arabs of Judea and Samaria. The checkpoints will be opened for humanitarian cases.
Israeli intelligence has received 11 specific warnings of intended terrorist attacks, and is on the alert in light of the terrorists' desire to carry out a major attack on Independence Day. The specific warnings cover suicide attacks, shootings, attempted kidnappings, and rocket firings, chiefly from northern Shomron and Gaza. Dozens of "general terrorist warnings" have been received as well.
Kassams Hit Israel
Terrorists from Gaza fired one or two Kassam rockets at Israel on Tuesday, hitting open areas in the Negev.
Original article: Israel National News
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