Reports indicate the Shin Bet intelligence agency thwarted a planned terrorist attack by a Hamas group last month. The organization had been plotting to kidnap and murder Israelis to trade their bodies for the release of a number of Palestinian prisoners. Security forces announced this success on Thursday, January 7.
A joint operation conducted by IDF, Shin Bet and Israeli Police resulted in the arrest of Palestinian residents of Heron and Jerusalem. There were six total suspects who allegedly planned to participate in the attacks, which followed the same general outline as murders that occurred in Israel in June 2014. At that time, the victims were three teenagers.
In commenting on the operation, representatives from Shin Bet said the infrastructure of the attack was at an “advanced stage of planning.” The participants had even gotten so far as to plan where they would hide the bodies of the victims.
The suspects examined a variety of caves in the area, digging pits to prepare as hiding spaces. They also had specific roles within their terrorist cell. Authorities were able to determine which participants were to be the kidnappers and which were to be the getaway drivers. There were two vehicles that had been specifically designated for getaway purposes.
This once again shows that there are those who wish to hurt innocent people throughout Israel, especially those from organizations like Hamas. Though law enforcement in Jerusalem and Israel has come a long way in terms of making it a safe place to live, there is still the looming threat of terror from Palestinian organizations.
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