Right-wing extremists arrested for spying on Israeli troops

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six right-wing Jewish activists reportedly were arrested at their homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem for gathering intelligence on Israeli troop movements.

The suspects were arrested early Thursday morning in a joint operation by the Israeli police and the Shin Bet in Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements of Yitzhar, Itamar, Harsha, and Kiryat Arba, according to reports.

They are accused of involvement in the vandalism at the Ephraim Brigade West Bank army base two weeks ago. They are believed to have tracked troop movements in the northern West Bank in preparation for the attack on the base, according to reports.

Seven other people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

NEXT STORY