Shin Bet Breaks Up Palestinian Kidnapping Cell

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli security forces have broken up a Hamas-affiliated terrorist cell in Yehuda and Shomron whose avowed purpose was kidnapping Israelis, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said the group was caught “in their first stages of planning the attack,” which was masterminded by Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

Muhammad Bel, 24, of Zeitoun in Gaza, in the Eshel prison since 2008, was named as a suspect who recruited two Palestinian prisoners for the plot.

The recruits have been identified as Ali Harub, 21, of Dora, near Hebron, serving a sentence for being a member of a military terrorist cell, planning attacks, and manufacturing bombs and Molotov cocktails, and Rajab Salah Al-din, 53, of Hamza, near Ramallah, a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in prison since May 2012 for three failed kidnapping attempts.

The three suspects confessed to the plot during questioning, the Shin Bet stated, and were charged in late December with terrorist offensives at the Be’er Sheba District Court.