Shin Bet uncovers prisoner plot to kidnap Israelis

May 29, 2012 12:34


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The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has uncovered a plot by jailed Palestinians to kidnap an Israeli citizen to use as a bargaining chip in securing their release.

The Shin Bet noted that the revelation came just weeks after Israel had reached an agreement with Palestinian prisoners ending their hunger strike, in which the prisoners pledged to refrain from engaging in anti-Israel terror activity.

The cell operated as part of a terrorist group called "Holy Freedom Fighters," which split off from Fatah's Al-Aksa brigades back in 2007.

The group has been involved in the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel as well as a number of roadside bomb attacks against IDF troops patrolling the border with the Gaza Strip.

The Shin Bet said the group received financial and logistic support from Hamas.

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