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Israel Busts Hamas Cell Planning Highway Shooting Attack

The Times of Israel reports:  In a joint Shin Bet-IDF operation, a Hamas terror cell was broken in Hebron in November, officials announced Sunday.

The Hamas cell had purchased a variety of weapons, including an M-16 rifle, in order to carry out a terror attack on the Route 35 highway, which runs between Hebron and the coastal city of Ashkelon, the Shin Bet said in a statement.

“The thwarting of this terror cell, which was nearly prepared to carry out an attack, again demonstrates the never-ending attempts by Hamas operatives in Hebron to carry out severe terror acts,” the statement said.

The head of the alleged terror cell, Mehmad Ali Qawasmeh, is the brother of one of the terrorists responsible for the abduction-killing of three Israeli teenagers in the summer of 2014, the Shin Bet said.

Read more at The Times of Israel

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