West Bank cell aimed to carry out some bombings imminently; suicide attacks planned; ringleader was offered $1m. for kidnapping
According to recommendations made by the Shin Bet to the IDF and security agencies on Wednesday, Palestinian towns in northern Samaria with a high level of terrorist activity may be forced to close, according to KAN.
In order to maintain public safety and permit Palestinians to enjoy a normal life, Shin Bet underlined that cities and villages without clear terrorist activity will have a partial “breathing” closure.
The situation is out of control, thus fresh actions must be done, a security official stated in a statement.
Terrorist assaults and accompanying IDF operations have increased in the West Bank. The northern West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus have been the main hubs of terrorist activity.
The IDF has been primarily working in the north, carrying out nightly arrest raids and other anti-terrorist operations. This has included continuing efforts to close the Seam Line so that Palestinians cannot enter Israel illegitimately.
Over 2,050 counterterrorism operations have been conducted since Operation Break the Wave started to combat the upsurge in terrorist activities five months ago, resulting in the capture of roughly 1,500 wanted people and the seizure of hundreds of weapons. During IDF operations, more over 90 Palestinians were slain.
The Shin Bet security service reported on Monday that Israeli security forces detained dozens of members of a Hamas cell who were actively plotting significant terror strikes in Israel and the West Bank.
A series of police raids in September, including one in which five Palestinian suspects were murdered in gunfights and two Israeli troops were gravely hurt, served as the catalyst for the long-running investigation into the cell.
According to the Shin Bet, more than 50 Hamas members were detained across the West Bank for their alleged involvement in the cell. A significant amount of weapons were also recovered, including the components for at least four suicide bomber explosive belts. The Shin Bet claims that during the raids, an undisclosed sum of money that was allegedly used by the cell was also recovered.
Israeli security forces arrested dozens of members of a Hamas cell that was in the advanced stages of planning major terror attacks in the West Bank and Israel, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.
The effort to uncover the cell has been ongoing for several months, first coming to light with a round of arrest raids in September, including one in which two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured and several Palestinian suspects were killed in gunfights.
According to the Shin Bet, over 50 Hamas operatives were arrested across the West Bank for suspected involvement in the cell and large quantities of weaponry was seized, including the materials needed to make at least four explosive belts for suicide attacks. An undisclosed amount of money that was allegedly used by the cell was also seized in the raids, according to the Shin Bet.
One day before to the Shin Bet’s declaration, a member of the terror organization in Jerusalem carried out a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City that left one man, Eli Kay, dead and four others injured.
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