Hamas terror cell 311.
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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)
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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
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.