The Israeli Security Services (Shabak) and the army announced the arrest of a resistance fighter in Jenin suspected of developing Qassam homemade shells and testing their range against Israeli settlements in the area.

The Shabak claimed that Raed al-Haijawi, 26, headed a cell of the Islamic Jihad in February 2005, and developed homemade shells.

Since the beginning of the year, al-Haijawi also took part, along with other members of the military wings of the Islamic Jihad, in several shooting incidents against the army and settlers.

Several members of the cell al-Haijawi was leading were arrested three months ago. During interrogation they admitted developing shells which were fired at Ghanim and Kadim settlements, north of the West Bank, army sources reported.

The shells exploded in open areas, causing no damage or injuries.