Israel’s Shin Bet says more than 40 suspects have been arrested for allegedly forming an extensive terrorist network to facilitate attacks on Jews across Judea & Samaria.
By Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff
More than 40 Palestinians suspected of being Hamas operatives seeking to establish terrorist infrastructures in Judea and Samaria have been arrested over the past few months, the Shin Bet security agency revealed Wednesday.
Shin Bet says Hamas increasing efforts to establish infrastructure in Judea and Samaria [Illustrative] – Photo: Reuters
According to available information, the suspects were tasked with creating a wide terrorist network in Nablus and the surrounding villages, and with gathering intelligence to facilitate terrorist attacks across Judea and Samaria.
The Shin Bet said the suspects’ interrogation suggested Hamas has been increasing its efforts to establish terrorist infrastructure in the area, including dividing Judea and Samaria into “sectors,” naming sector chiefs and tasking them with promoting various Hamas activities in the area, including in the fields of education, economy, communications, propaganda, charity work and financial aid to Palestinian prisoners’ families.
Sector chiefs were also tasked with promoting Hamas’ military interests in Judea and Samaria, including intelligence gathering.
The Shin Bet said the investigation had also uncovered a Hamas terrorist cell operating in the Faraa refugee camp, near Jenin, whose members confessed to purchasing military-grade equipment, including night-vision goggles, ahead of a planned terrorist attack.
“This investigation once again exposes the great efforts the Hamas leadership, on the ground and overseas, is willing to make to establish a solid, extensive, well-funded and sustainable terrorist infrastructure in Samaria,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.
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