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Hamas cell nabbed in West Bank

Group apprehended before it could carry out planned kidnappings, bombings, and rocket attacks

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)

A Hamas terror cell was uncovered in the Binyamin region of the West Bank and the members arrested, it was revealed on Wednesday when details of the operation were permitted for publication by the IDF and Shin Bet security services.

The group planned a variety of terror activities including attacks using improvised explosive devices, kidnapping a soldier or settler, and manufacturing rockets and launchers. It operated under orders from a Hamas activist in the Gaza Strip. The Shin Bet said that the cell was stopped before it could carry out any of its planned attacks.

On Tuesday, Hamas security forces dispersed an anti-Israel protest in Gaza. Protesters were demonstrating against Israel’s reported attacks on Syrian targets over the weekend.

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