But former terrorist says he received training there. Syria claims that Ein Zaheb, the area near Damascus bombed by Israeli warplanes Sunday, is a Palestinian refugee camp in a peaceful rural area. But a former fighter in a Palestinian terrorist group told The Chronicle the bombed site was a key training facility and arsenal for Palestinian extremists based in Syria as recently as two years ago. Israeli intelligence sources say they attacked the facility because it is “supported by Iran and is used for operational training for Palestinian terrorists.” Responding to the Israeli charges, Abu Emad el-Refaei, an Islamic Jihad spokesman in Beirut, denied that his organization had any bases in Syria. “We do not have any training camps or bases in Syria or any other country,” he told al Jazeera television Monday. “All our bases are inside the Palestinian occupied territories.” Full Story
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