Security forces arrest terror cell in West Bank

Shin Bet says one suspect from cell belonging to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine believed handlers tied to Hezbollah.

June 27, 2013 17:40
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Security forces arrested a five-man terror cell belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the West Bank, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Thursday.

The suspects hail from Hebron and Nablus, and one of them was in touch with handlers in Jordan who helped him organize attacks, according to the Shin Bet.

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During questioning, the suspect said he believed his handlers abroad worked in conjunction with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Firearms were seized during the raids against the terror cell last month.

One of the suspects carried out a shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle in May that resulted in damage but no injuries, the Shin Bet added.

Also on Thursday, infantrymen from the Givati Brigade together with Border Police officers uncovered a large weapons cache during a raid in Nablus. The soldiers found two handguns, several M-15 parts, ammunition, clips and various military equipment.

Three suspects were arrested.

In total, security forces arrested 19 terror suspects in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley overnight.

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