Arab-Israeli nabbed preparing for terror attacks

Arab-Israeli nabbed preparing for terror attacks

Suspect lives in Palestinian refugee camp on the West Bank, intended to target IDF personnel

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of a man in handcuffs (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a man in handcuffs (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

An Arab-Israeli man and two Palestinians were charged on Monday with planning terror attacks against military targets.

Amir Iyan, 22, who holds Israeli citizenship but lives in the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp near Tulkarem in the West Bank, was brought before the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court to face charges that he intended to manufacture explosives and obtain weapons to carry out terror attacks.

According to the indictment, Iyan contacted a jihadist acquaintance of his last November during Operation Pillar of Defense in which the Israel Defense Forces struck Gaza to try to stop terrorist rocket fire on Israeli towns and cities. Together the two discussed carrying out attacks on military installations and personnel and in January, together with another Palestinian man, they formed a terror cell, Nana10 reported.

The group planned to make explosives and intended to purchase equipment worth NIS 70,000 in order to manufacture weapons. However, the Shin Bet internal security services apprehended the men before they could carry out their plans.

The Palestinians arrested are being dealt with by a separate military court system reserved for Palestinian offenders in the West Bank.

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