Eight Qassam Makers Caught in West Bank

(IFM) Soldiers arrested eight Islamic Jihad fugitives involved in building homemade Qassam-like rockets to fire into Israel on Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported. During the raids conducted by the Maglan and Golani Egoz units in and around Jenin, a soldier was lightly wounded when a bomb was detonated near troops. He was taken to the Ha’emek Hospital in Afula.

According to security officials, the cell members had conducted several failed attempts to launch the rockets. The fugitives’ arrests do not necessarily signify an increase in attempts by terror groups in Samaria to arm themselves with rockets, a security official said. "We are aware of their existence just as we are aware of the rockets in Gaza," an official said.

In a previous raid on March 5, security forces raided a bomb factory in Al-Yamun, west of Jenin, where Hamas members were building Qassam rockets.