JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli security forces discovered an "extraordinarily large and active Hamas infrastructure" operating in the West Bank.
The terrorist cell located near Nablus in the West Bank was active from October 2017 until April 2018, when the cell was stopped, the Israeli Security Agency, also known as Shin Bet, said in a statement on Sunday. An order of silence was lifted in the case on Sunday after the cell's two leaders, Mutbadem Muhammad Salem and Fares Kamil Zavidi, both members of Hamas de Nablus, were charged.
The cell tried to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank including a bomb attack in Tel Aviv, a suicide attack in Jerusalem, a bomb attack on the Itamar community in the West Bank and gunfire in the West Bank, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Israel Security Agency or ISA.
ISA, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Police participated in the operation to uncover the terrorist cell.
The planned attacks were thwarted, some at the last minute, due to the arrest of cell members, according to the ISA.
During the investigation, several homemade bombs were seized, one that weighed more than 20 pounds and that had to be operated by a cell phone, as well as more than 30 pounds of explosive material, raw materials for the production of explosives, weapons and instructions for the manufacture of bombs and explosive materials. Additional Hamas cells that planned to carry out attacks were also discovered.
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