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Islamic Jihad cell arrested in West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ten members of an Islamic Jihad terror cell were arrested near Jenin in the West Bank.

The cell was planning attacks against Israeli soldiers and the abductions of Israelis, according to reports Thursday after the Shin Bet security services lifted a gag order on the case. It also had been in contact with Islamic Jihad in Gaza and accepted significant amounts of money from Islamic Jihad in Syria to buy weapons.

The Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces arrested the cell, which also reportedly was involved in several shooting incidents at West Bank settlements, in a recent joint operation.

The cell members were charged last month with affiliating with an illegal terror group and transferring enemy funds, as well as on weapons charges.
 

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