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Shin Bet arrests alleged West Bank terror cell

Six men from the village of Beit Rima are suspected of having thrown firebombs and pipe bombs early this year

The West Bank settlement of Halamish (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
The West Bank settlement of Halamish (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Shin Bet security agency announced Monday that it had recently uncovered a suspected terror cell whose members allegedly threw pipe bombs and firebombs at the Elisha pre-military academy and the community of Halamish in the West Bank in January and February 2015.

The arrests of the alleged cell members, together with other recent arrests of suspected terrorists who are believed to have carried out attacks in the Binyamin region, took place in cooperation with the army and the Israel Police.

The suspects are Mahmad Arhim Naif Satuf, 22; Basel Khaled a-Rauf Rimawi, 20; Wasim Eil’an Osama Halabi, 19; Mahmoud Amil Ghasem Rimawi, 19; Mahmad Namer Mohammed Dar Satuf, 23; and Mahmad Fahr Nashaat Dar Taah, 20, all from the village of Beit Rima.

Shin Bet officials said that the suspects allegedly wore masks and used a car belonging to Mahmad Arhim Satuf in their attacks. The car was seized by police.

The cell’s alleged acts included using pipes and firecrackers to prepare the Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs that they are accused of having thrown at the Elisha pre-military academy and at the settlement of Halamish in which it is located.

According to Shin Bet officials, the suspects allegedly committed at least five terror attacks in which they threw pipe bombs at the Elisha pre-military academy, or threw Molotov cocktails at Halamish, from January to February 2015.

The suspects’ cases will be brought to the military prosecutor in Judea for prosecution, with a request that they remain in custody until the end of the trial.

The Shin Bet noted in their statement that the activity of such locally based cells is further proof of the great danger that they pose, and is also evidence of their members’ high motivation to carry out terror attacks.

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