The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) together with the IDF and Israel Police arrested more than 15 Hamas terror suspects in the West Bank in recent months, on suspicion of being behind firebombings and rock attacks on Israeli vehicles on Route 443, security forces announced on Monday.
Some of the attacks led to injuries and damaged cars, and occurred on a central road that connects central Israel to Jerusalem, and which
runs through the Binyamin region.
All of the suspects came from the village of Beit Ur Tahta, located in the Ramallah Governate. The arrests uncovered a Hamas terrorist cell that planned to set off bombs as IDF vehicles drove by on Route 443. The unit already held trial runs, the Shin Bet said.
Three suspects have been convicted in the Judea and Samaria military court in recent days of security offenses that included firing shots from a home made firearm, and rock throwing at Israeli vehicles.
"Route 443 is a significant traffic route, and hence, the Shin Bet, in cooperation with the IDF and Israel Police, will continue to act with determination to thwart any terrorist activities aimed at harming innocents," the Shin Bet added.