Israel Arrests Suspected Islamic State Cell Members Plotting Bomb Attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

Palestinian militants of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, stand on scaffoldings as they demonstrate their skills during a training in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, on September 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: A group of Palestinians operating out of East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp are suspected of attempting to join Islamic State and carry out a series of attacks across Israel for the terror group, Israeli officials said Sunday.

Shin Bet security service agents, along with police officers, uncovered and broke up the Islamic State cell over a month ago, officials said as charges were filed against six suspects.

According to the charges, four of the six men planned to carry out attacks across the country, but “with an emphasis on Jerusalem.”

The attacks planned included bombings, kidnappings, shootings and stabbings, according to the indictment.

Four of the men also allegedly attempted to join the Islamic State fighting in the Sinai and in Syria, but failed to do so for a variety of reasons.

The suspects, all residents of the Shuafat refugee camp, were arrested in mid-August, but details of the case were kept quiet under a court-issued gag order, police said.

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