Two Bedouin-Israeli brothers and a Palestinian were previously arrested by the Shin Bet and then indicted on Thursday by the Southern District Attorney's Office for selling over 150,000 bullets to Islamic Jihad in the Jenin area of the West Bank to carry out terror attacks.
In addition, the cell, which was first arrested by the security agency in December, sold hundreds of magazines for M-16s.
The cell, with the two Bedouins from Tel Sheva in the South, also sold to various criminal organizations in the South, said the Shin Bet.
Indictments against the Bedouins, Adam and Mahmoud Abu Taha, were filed with the Beersheba District Court on Thursday and the Palestinian, Majdi Amrana, from Yabid Village near Jenin, was expected to be indicted in the Israeli military Samaria Court.
Israel to indict to more from Negev region
A statement from the Shin Bet said that two other Israeli citizens living in the Negev region, Khaled al-Asam and Maanam al-Asam, were arrested in January with a police declaration of intent to indict to be filed Thursday and an indictment expected in the coming days.
According to the indictments, the two Bedouin brothers met Amrana in 2019. Further, in recent years they made a large number of deals with him, getting compensated for a total of over NIS two million.
The indictments included a variety of illegal weapons sales and possession charges as well as charges connected to illegal relations with foreign hostile agents.
There is a years-long poor record of the IDF failing to properly defend its own bases where ammunition and other weapons are stored and a long list of break-ins that have led to substantial heists.
The announcement on Thursday seemed to show that it was possible that the IDF's own ammunition is being sold to terror groups, as it is difficult to otherwise ascertain where the defendants succeeded in acquiring such massive quantities of ammunition.
According to the homeland intelligence agency, it "views the involvement of Israeli citizens with security crimes gravely, including that it involved providing services and support to terror groups...and will continue to act to thwart such efforts and bring such persons to justice."