In the framework of a combined Shin Bet, IDF and Border Police operation, a Hamas network was uncovered. Members of the network – Hamas activists from Tzurif and Chevron – planned various terrorist attacks including shootings and abductions in order to bargain for the release of prisoners. They also carried out surveillance, in preparation for the aforesaid attacks, of IDF forces in the Tzurif area. The investigation led to the discovery of considerable war material.&
Among the main persons involved is security prisoner Ibrahim Abdallah Ghneimat, born in 1958, a resident of Tzurif, who is serving a life sentence for his involvement in a series of deadly terrorist attacks in the 1990s, including the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Edri.&
In the framework of the investigation, the following Hamas operatives were among those also arrested: Fadi Ibrahim Ghneimat, of Tzurif, a son of Ibrahim Ghneimat; Shadi Ibrahim Ghneimat, of Tzurif, another son of Ibrahim Ghneimat, who served as head of the cell; Mahmoud Mahmoud Ghneimat, resident of Tzurif, son-in-law of Ibrahim Ghneimat; Kheitam Naim Hamidan – resident of Jeba, who assisted in hiding war materiel.&
During the investigation considerable war materiel and weapons were confiscated, including two AK-47s, three pistols, a hunting rifle, a long-barreled M-16, a short-barreled M-16, clips and ammunition.&
The investigations have concluded and the IDF prosecutor in Yehudah and Shomron is due to file indictments in the coming days.