JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Hamas terrorists were indicted in connection with a planned attack on the upscale Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem.
The cell members, from eastern Jerusalem, were charged Sunday in Jerusalem for allegedly planning to carry out the attack on the popular open-air shopping mall on the cusp of the Old City.
Two of the men, Arab-Israelis in their 20s who work as cleaners at the mall, confessed to planning to plant a bomb wrapped as a gift in a trash can or restaurant over the High Holidays season.
Mamilla is crowded with tourists and shoppers during holiday. The strip leads directly to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
The terror cell also was planning other attacks, according to the indictment, including planting a bomb in Ramallah in the West Bank intended to injure Israeli soldiers and firing homemade rockets at Israeli settlements near Ramallah.