IDF, Shin Bet announce airstrike on terror cell at mosque in Jenin

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)

The Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet say a military aircraft struck an “underground terror route” at a mosque in the northern West Bank city of Jenin where members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad were sheltering.

In a joint statement, the security agencies said the IDF carried out the strike after receiving intelligence that the cell was planning an imminent attack, without elaborating.

The Shin Bet and military said the terror operatives were using the mosque as a base to plan and carry out attacks, including the recent detonation of an explosive near Israeli troops along the West Bank security barrier. No soldiers were hurt in the blast.

The statement also said Israeli forces raided the mosque during a major operation in Jenin over the summer, uncovering “terror infrastructure” and armaments.

The Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa news agency said one person was killed and several others injured in the Israeli strike.

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