Masked Hamas terrorist 311 R.
(photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and IDF have arrested 10 high-ranking
Islamic Jihad terrorists in the West Bank who were planning a series of attacks
against Israel, including the abduction of an IDF soldier.
The Shin Bet,
which released details of the investigation on Thursday, said the Jenin-based
cell was in direct contact with Islamic Jihad headquarters in Damascus, from
which it received large sums of money to fund terrorist activity, as well as
instruction regarding the type of attacks it should plan and
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During the arrest raids that were carried out in recent
weeks, IDF soldiers discovered a kilogram of potassium, which can be used to
create explosives, as well as an AK-47 assault rifle, 150 bullets and NIS 2,000
in cash that the Shin Bet said was intended for financing terrorist
During interrogation, the suspects confessed to establishing a
cell in northern Samaria to carry out shooting attacks against settlers and IDF
patrols, and to kidnap an Israeli civilian or soldier to use as a bargaining
chip for securing the release of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
December, the IDF indicted members of the cell at the Salem Military Court on
charges of membership in an illegal organization; the transfer of enemy money
into the West Bank; contact with foreign agents; illegal possession of weapons;
and conspiracy to trade in military hardware.