The Shin Bet and police on Sunday revealed they arrested five members of a Hamas terrorist cell in March that operated from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The men were responsible for acts of violence against police officers at the Old City site last month. During the incidents rocks and firebombs were thrown at Israeli security forces, injuring nine policemen.
The contested location, where the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is built above the ruins of the biblical Jewish Temple, is one of the region’s most volatile.
Israeli steps to quell Palestinian disturbances there have led to full-blown riots in the past.
In past weeks, tempers have been flaring throughout the West Bank, with numerous clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces and talk of a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in the offing.
IDF forces detained five others suspected of terror activity in the West Bank late Saturday night. According to Palestinian media, three of the five were from Hebron and had ties to the Islamic Jihad terror organization.