Shin Bet busts two West Bank terror cells
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Shin Bet busts two West Bank terror cells

Groups allegedly responsible for shooting at Israeli civilians, soldiers in West Bank

A gun and cartridges of ammunition that were used in shooting attacks by a West Bank terror cell apprehended by the Shin Bet. (Photo credit: Shin Bet Security Service)
A gun and cartridges of ammunition that were used in shooting attacks by a West Bank terror cell apprehended by the Shin Bet. (Photo credit: Shin Bet Security Service)

Israeli forces apprehended two Palestinian cells whose members allegedly fired on Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank, the Shin Bet security agency announced Thursday.

The investigation of the cells yielded five rifles, a pistol, and ammunition. It wasn’t clear how many suspects were taken into Israeli custody during the arrests, which were made over the course of December and January.

According to the Shin Bet, the two cells, one from Beit Rima north of Ramallah and the second from Bani Naim, east of Hebron, were allegedly responsible for a string of shootings and firebombings targeting Israeli vehicles and IDF soldiers.

Members of the first group, a PFLP cell, said they intended to carry out additional attacks, including an assault on an IDF base, a stabbing attack and a kidnapping of a soldier, the Shin Bet said.

The security agency said that the cases against those being investigated would be submitted to the military prosecutor ahead of trial.

Earlier this week, the Shin Bet said Israeli forces busted a Hamas ring in the Hebron area planning a series of terror attacks, including suicide bombings.

The Shin Bet said it arrested 11 members of the cell in January, and that the group had carried out a failed bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank.

Along with the arrests, security forces seized two submachine guns and explosives the cell allegedly planned on using to target Israelis, the Shin Bet said.

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