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Palestinians busted for planning to kidnap Israelis

Indictment filed against Hamas, Islamic Jihad members near Hebron

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)

Indictments were filed Tuesday against members of two Palestinian terror cells arrested by the Shin Bet security service for planning to abduct soldiers and civilians near the West Bank city of Hebron.

One of the cells, run by Hamas, originated in the Bani Na’im village east of Hebron. Its members were caught with a homemade explosive device,  the security service said.

According to the Shin Bet’s statement, they planned on kidnapping an Israeli from one of the nearby agricultural plots, with the intention of murdering him and demanding the release of prisoners in return for his body.

A second cell was organized by the Islamic Jihad in Hebron. Its members were in the process of plotting to abduct a soldier and negotiate his release in return for Palestinians in Israeli jails.

According to Israel Radio one of those involved in the Islamic Jihad’s cell was injured while trying to avoid arrest two years ago and has been confined to a wheelchair since.

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