Israel: Hamas West Bank coup attempt thwarted

Jerusalem - Israel's Shin Bet security service said on Monday it had thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank aimed at toppling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, though it offered few details.

In recent months, the Shin Bet said it had arrested more than 90 Hamas operatives, confiscated dozens of weapons that had been smuggled into the West Bank and more than $170 000 aimed at funding attacks. It produced photos of the confiscated weapons and cash and a flowchart of the Hamas operatives who had been questioned.

The Shin Bet said the plot was orchestrated by senior Hamas official Salah Arouri, who is based in Turkey and enjoys the support of the local officials there. The idea was to set up cells in major West Bank cities.

Hamas had no immediate comment to the claim.

Hamas overtook the Gaza Strip in 2007 from forces loyal to Abbas. It is currently negotiating in Cairo over a cease-fire to formally end the Gaza war.

A five-day cease-fire expires later on Monday.

The month long Israel-Hamas war has killed more than 1 900 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, according to Palestinian and UN officials. Israel has lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

The fighting was precipitated by Israeli arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. The Shin Bet said it uncovered the coup plot due to information gleaned from the arrests.

The three teens - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel - were slain in June in the West Bank. Their killings were followed by the slaying of a Palestinian youth in what was a likely revenge attack.

The Gaza war began on 8 July with Israeli airstrikes. Nine days later, Israel sent in ground troops to destroy Hamas' underground cross-border tunnels constructed for attacks inside Israel.

Also on Monday, Israeli troops demolished the homes of two militants suspected in the abduction and killing of the three Israeli teenagers and sealed up the home of a third.

The demolition is standard Israeli military procedure in dealing with militants suspected of major crimes. According to the police, there were 250 police officers at the scene, along with dozens of Israeli soldiers. Minor clashes were reported during the demolition, with Palestinian youths hurling rocks and stones at armoured Israeli vehicles.

- AP
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 08:28:09 PM
Their war in gaza failed to reach its goal to get the people reject hamas and to form a rift in the unity government. Now the zionists are trying plan B. Invent a planned coup by hamas to get the PA worried.
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 08:46:19 PM
Kobus you have no respect for muslims calling us muzzies shame on you, I respect jews and christians and will never resort to name calling. Get real.
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 08:56:41 PM
Spot on paul well said
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 09:03:54 PM
Peter and Paul have spoken the truth
Alan Yates 2014-08-18 09:27:32 PM
@Riaz...Not buying your taqiya..,Islam doctrine has a death penalty for those who leave it. Islam's Koran has the verse of the sword override any other. Islams Koran commands the killing of non Muslims. Islams book says all in the world are already muslim. Islam disrespects Christianity by forcing Muslims to pray 5 times per day that God has no Son. Islamists of IS have descrated 45 churches in Mosul by tearing down their crosses and changing them to Mosques. Sorry Islam and its ideology of Jihad and Sharia is not respected by peopl Islam calls Mushrikun, Infidel and Kufr ..., Sorry many are tired of Taqiya and Tawriya of Muslims who celebrated 9/11 but are silent ober the crimes against humanity of IS, Hamas, fatah, Boko and Alqueda...
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 09:35:35 PM
All that you have said about islam in wrong. We do believe God is alone and has no son that is not disrespect im sorry you dont know what disrespect is. Time and time again ive condemned isis etc for they dont represent true islam.
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 09:56:04 PM
Isis is not applying sharia they kill innocent people that is against sharia
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 09:58:49 PM
Isis may well be a mossad creation for all we know. Al bagdadi aka simon says edward snowden
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-18 10:18:29 PM
Brainless moron plz can some1 explain the logo halal to mr wil not harm any Muslim by ur action.educate urself.its the company's policy example rainbow etc.
Riaz Kajee 2014-08-18 10:30:14 PM
Funded by the Americans peter who else. Alan brother you are completely wrong on your understanding of sharia I really truly mean that. May the lord grant you true guidance.