Security forces have broken up a terror cell linked to Hamas that was planning attacks on Israeli targets, it was revealed yesterday, following the lifting of a court gag order.
The General Security Services and IDF arrested seven members of the cell between December and March of this year. All of them were residents of Kalkilya. The suspects included an Israeli citizen, Khaled Daoud, 21, who resides periodically in Kalkilya. He took advantage of his freedom to travel around Israel afforded by his blue card, to obtain raw materials for explosives and to buy weapons.
The cell members revealed under questioning that they were in possession of homemade explosive devices, consisting of fertilizer chemicals and other materials, and planned to commit a shooting attack or plant bombs against Israeli targets, the GSS said.
The cell was also planning to purchase arms “whose source was in Israel.”
Some of the cell members were arrested by the Palestinian security forces, and subsequently released to their homes. The GSS said they were released even though an electric detonator that “had been intended to serve as a remote detonating system for an explosive device” was found in the possession of some of them. IDF troops, with the GSS’s involvement, arrested the cell members only later.