IDF says targeted Jenin cell was planning to attack inside Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

This handout photo released by the Israel Defense Forces on October 22, 2023, shows the opening to a "underground terror route" where the military says it struck members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. (Israel Defense Forces)
This handout photo released by the Israel Defense Forces on October 22, 2023, shows the opening to a "underground terror route" where the military says it struck members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the terror cell that Israel targeted in the West Bank city of Jenin overnight was planning a “murderous terror attack inside Israel.”

He says the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad cell was a “ticking time bomb” and was therefore struck while hiding in a tunnel under a mosque.

“Hamas desecrates holy places in the hope that we will attack them. They use the symbols of Islam as a human shield,” he adds.

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