Israeli authorities have thwarted what could have been devastating terror attack within Israel. The Jerusalem Post's Yonah Jeremy Bob and Anna Ahronheim report that a Hamas terror cell was planning shooting, bombing, and kidnapping attacks at a synagogue and a train station:
Israeli security authorities have uncovered a Hamas cell that planned to carry out terror attacks in the West Bank and within Israel, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced Monday after the details of the case were cleared for publication.
The three terrorists, Mamduach Yunis, 24 of Ar'ara, and brothers Hassan, 23, and Muhammed Zida'at, 25, from Bnei Naim Village near Hebron, were all indicted for the plot in the Haifa District Court on Monday.
The indictment filed by the Haifa District Attorney's Office charged them with conspiracy to commit a felony, participation in and membership in a terror organization, contact with a foreign agent, illegally crossing into Israel and various weapons offenses. Yunis was also charged with aiding an enemy in time of war.
The cell, which received instructions from Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip through Facebook, planned shooting attacks, the planting of explosive devices and kidnappings in the Hebron area.
In addition, the cell gathered intelligence on a number of sites for potential attacks within Israel, including an Afula bus station, a military base near Kfar Kara, the Binyamina Train Station and a synagogue in Zichron Yaakov. The members of the cell were familiar with the locations from their time working in Israeli illegally, the Shin Bet stated...
Since the beginning of the latest wave of violence to hit Israel and the West Bank, numerous attacks have been thwarted in and around Hebron, a stronghold of the Islamist movement Hamas.
According to the Shin Bet, “the uncovering of the infrastructure and activities it planned demonstrates the high threat level posed by Hamas militants, especially those who enter Israel and remain their illegally.”