The IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) have pre-empted a terror attack and kidnapping in the Chevron area, plotted by two separate Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells.
While the operations took place over two months, the Shin Bet disclosed it on Tuesday.
A Hamas cell, made up of nine residents of the Bani Naim village, planned to murder an Israeli in the Jewish agricultural area near the village and to hide the body and demand the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the corpse.
The suspects were caught in possession of an improvised explosive device and instructions for making explosives.
Five members of the Islamic Jihad cell were arrested, all Chevron residents.