Shin Bet Makes Arrests In Firebombings

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has broken a terror cell in east Yerushalayim, arresting nine members allegedly responsible for firebombings in the capital’s Beit Hanina area that wounded three Israelis.

Two indictments were filed on Sunday against the defendants for attempted murder, causing serious bodily harm, conspiracy and manufacturing and igniting a weapon.

The police said the suspects confessed that they acted in “retaliation” for the July 31 firebombing in Duma, thought to have been perpetrated by Jewish extremists, that killed an infant and his father and critically wounded two other family members.

Meanwhile, security forces continued their crackdown on right-wing youth suspected of attacks and incitement against Palestinian targets.

On Motzoei Shabbos, an administrative order restricted the movements of a Jewish youth in Maalei Adumim for six months, along with a similar order against a youth in Ramat Hasharon, Arutz Sheva reported.

Overnight, police raided Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, Shomron, where they carried out two more orders for house arrest for six months on two young people, one from Bat Ayin and the other from Alon Shvut.

Similar orders were issued on Sunday morning in Geulat Tzion in the Shiloh Bloc of northern Shomron, Yad Binyamin and Kiryat Arba.

The Shin Bet said on Sunday that the orders had been issued for 10 individuals in all.