Some 30 Palestinians belonging to the Tanzim Fatah terror group have been
arrested on suspicion of carrying out multiple Molotov cocktail and shooting
attacks on a settlement, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on
The arrests occurred over the months of January and February
and followed several attacks on the settlement of Migdal Oz.
all hail from the Palestinian village of Beit Fajar, near Bethlehem, and are
described by security forces as forming an large paramilitary
“During questioning by the Shin Bet, the suspects confessed to
carrying out the attacks, and to plans to carry out additional shootings in Gush
Etzion – a plot that was disrupted by the arrests,” the Shin Bet
Six homemade firearms and a fake explosive device were seized in
The Shin Bet said five Palestinians played leading roles in the
attacks. The five were charged at the Judea Military Court with firing shots at
a person, membership and activity in an illegal organization, weapons
manufacturing and the hurling of a flammable object.
Recent months have
seen a large rise of violence around Beit Fajar, the Shin Bet added.
Tanzim group has been linked by security forces to several rock-throwing
attacks, firebombings and shootings.
Earlier this year, the IDF announced
the arrest of a member of Tanzim members for a rock-throwing attack on an
Israeli vehicle in the West Bank, which critically wounded an Israeli woman.