Hamas cell hit in West Bank raids plots massive terror attack in Jerusalem – TV



Raids that targeted suspected members of a Hamas cell in the West Bank on Saturday night and killed five Palestinian suspects, prevented a major terrorist attack reminiscent of the Second Intifada, officials told Hebrew TV stations.

The cell planned to carry out a sequence of kidnappings and killings across the country, defense officials told Channel 13. The group did not have the capacity to carry out suicide bombings, however, the network said.

Officials told Channel 12 that the cell had also planned a major attack in Jerusalem, similar to those seen during the violent uprising of the early 2000s, without giving details.

The arrest operation began after the Shin Bet realized the group was Apparently ready to carry out the attack imminently, the network said.

The Israel Defense Forces believe that some members of the Hamas cell are still at large. In total, around 20 suspected members of the cell have been arrested in recent days, according to the military.

Officials suspect there was a direct line of communication between the cell and the ruling Hamas terror group in Gaza, Channel 12 reported. The cell was well organized and decentralized, the network added.

Operations against the cell in the West Bank will likely continue in the coming days, officials told public broadcaster Kan. But still, the IDF believes it largely prevented the group’s attacks, according to military assessments.

One of the weapons used by a Palestinian suspect against IDF troops during an arrest raid in the northern West Bank town of Burqin on September 26, 2021 (Israel Defense Forces)

At least seven suspected Hamas cell members arrested, IDF says during the arrest raids on Saturday night, and at least five other suspected terrorists were killed after opening fire on IDF troops. Five firearms were also confiscated during the raids, along with large amounts of ammunition. Several other members of the group had been arrested the previous nights.

The IDF is also investigating the circumstances in which two soldiers were seriously injured in a shootout and increasingly believe they were hit by friendly fire after a Palestinian gunman opened fire on them.

“This is a significant achievement, one night in a series of all-important pre-emptive raids that have prevented – to our knowledge – major terrorist attacks. Such attacks could have been carried out in Jerusalem, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Afula or anywhere else, ”IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said on Sunday afternoon, speaking from headquarters. the Menashe regional brigade of the Israel Defense Forces in the northern West Bank, after an assessment of the situation.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett confirmed that the Hamas cell plans to carry out terrorist attacks imminently.

“Security forces acted tonight in Judea and Samaria against Hamas terrorists who were about to carry out terrorist attacks in the immediate future,” Bennett said in a statement, en route to New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, using the biblical term. for the West Bank.

The IDF declined to comment more specifically on what the alleged Hamas cell was suspected of doing, but said most operatives were arrested with weapons in their possession and some of them opened fire on the troops. Israeli women during the raids.

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