Security Forces Thwart Several Terror Attacks

By Hamodia Staff

An Israeli soldier on duty in the flashpoint Palestinian city of Jenin. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM — The Shin Bet security service revealed on Thursday that it has foiled several terrorist attacks being planned by a former Hezbollah member operating in Israel.

Lebanese national Salah Switi, also known as Abu Ghassan, recruited potential terrorists in Yehuda and Shomron, Gaza and east Yerushalayim via social media.

Security forces arrested two residents of east Yerushalayim holding Israeli identity cards and who were in contact with Abu Ghassan. Under his direction, the two carried out reconnaissance missions and photographed sites in Israel, mainly in Yerushalayim, with the intent of perpetrating terror attacks.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, undercover Border Police apprehended a wanted Palestinian in Jenin on Thursday on suspicion of plotting a major terror attack in Israel, according to a police spokesman.

The 22-year-old Amir Karoui was detained in the Jenin refugee camp by the undercover forces, who did not encounter resistance.

The forces “operated covertly to arrest the terror operative. The arrest ended quietly without shots being fired and without casualties to our forces,” the spokesman said.

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