Arab students planned to kill Israelis


Police arrested two Israeli Arab students accused of being involved in plots to kill Israeli pilots and scientists.

The arrests were made in early August but became public Thursday after a gag order was lifted.

The two Israeli Arabs, from the Galilee town of Shfaram, are believed to be members of a Ramallah-based Islamic Jihad cell that planned to kill Israeli pilots, scientists and public figures. The cell stockpiled weapons, held training exercises and was preparing a major attack on an IDF checkpoint.

Anis Saffouri, 20, is a communications student at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, and Hussam Khalil, 19, is an electronic engineering student in Jordan.

The two are scheduled to be indicted next week.

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