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PA: Hamas arms cache seized

Oct. 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Weapons seized in the West Bank belonged to Hamas and were to be used to attack officials or for sabotage, Palestinian Authority security officials said.

Security forces spokesman Adnan Damiri said the weapons were going to be used by terrorists targeting Palestinian Authority officials or to sabotage Palestinian Authority security enforcement in the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

"The goal of the arms was to target senior authority officials or the policy obligations of the authority," Damiri said.

Security officers confiscated mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, among other things, in their search of a building in a Ramallah residential area, Damiri said

"Hamas weapons-dealing and money laundering are the most dangerous issues facing the Palestinian Authority," Damiri said.

A senior Hamas official denied the Palestinian Authority's allegations, saying the terrorist organization "has never once considered targeting senior authority officials in the West Bank. Any weapon found in the hands of the opposition would be used only to fight against the occupation."

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