Israeli forces arrest 5 Palestinians said on way to terror attack
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Israeli forces arrest 5 Palestinians said on way to terror attack

Suspects nabbed in West Bank town near Jerusalem, reportedly left behind suicide notes; Shin Bet mum on details

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative. Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian rioter in Wadi Joz, near the Old City of Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
Illustrative. Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian rioter in Wadi Joz, near the Old City of Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Israeli forces arrested five Palestinians “suspected of being involved in terrorism” in the West Bank village of Eizariya, outside Jerusalem, on Thursday, the Shin Bet security service said.

The agency said it could not detail of what they are suspected at this time. However, Channel 10 news reported the five men were armed and were believed to be en route to committing a major attack in Jerusalem.

According to the news outlet, the suspects had all left behind suicide notes.

The Shin Bet said it could not confirm the report and provided no further details.

The five Palestinians are all residents of the Hebron area in the West Bank, the Shin Bet said.

The arrest operation was conducted by the Shin Bet, the IDF and Israel Police.

They were taken into custody where they will be interrogated, the police said.

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