Hamas terror cell 311.
A Hamas terrorist cell in the West Bank was captured earlier this year after
allegedly plotting to kidnap IDF soldiers and use them as bargaining chips in a
bid to release prisoners held by Israel, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)
The cell consisted of three operatives, including a
former member of the Palestinian Authority security forces arrested by Israel in
2006 for planning a similar scheme and released in February. Another member,
from the village of Bido, was released from an Israeli prison in
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According to the Shin Bet, the three men planned to purchase a
plot of land in the Ramallah area and dig an underground cell in which to hold
kidnapped soldiers. One of the operatives was to live in a house above the cell
and care for the soldiers.
The Hamas men were arrested in January and
charged in a military court last month.
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