Nine Palestinians Arrested for Plotting Attacks on Israeli Forces

Israeli border policemen arrest a Palestinian protestor, who did not follow their instruction to leave, during a demonstration against administrative detention and in support of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed on August 24, 2016 at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. A rights group said on August 24, …
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The Times of Israel reports: Nine Palestinians were arrested over several months on suspicion of participating in a cell that targeted Israeli security forces with explosive devices, as well as for plotting future attacks against Israeli forces, the Shin Bet security agency said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the Shin Bet, it arrested the nine Palestinians in a joint operation with the Israel Police and IDF.

Eight of the Palestinians are from the northern West Bank, while one is an East Jerusalem resident. All were arrested between August and October.

The Shin Bet said that the Palestinians from the northern West Bank were arrested for targeting IDF soldiers on numerous occasions with explosive devices, while Ahmed Azala, the Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Bab al-Huta in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, was arrested for working with the cell to try and smuggle two kilograms (four pounds) of explosive material from the West Bank to Jerusalem to use in the preparation of pipe bombs.

Security forces confiscated laboratory equipment used for making explosive materials and devices, as well as various types of raw materials used in the explosive-making process.

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