Israel’s Shin Bet nabs Palestinian terror cell planning Tel Aviv attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Shin Bet security service said it thwarted a Palestinian terror cell planning to carry out a suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv.

Several Palestinian operatives were arrested during October and November in connection with the plot, the Shin Bet said Monday in a statement.

Under the plan, a Palestinian woman from Jenin would disguise herself as a pregnant Jewish woman, acquire a medical permit to enter Israel and wear an explosives-laden belt under her clothes, according to the Shin Bet.

Four others reportedly had been instructed on how to handle the explosives by an operative from Gaza.

The cell also had planned other terror attacks, according to the Shin Bet.

Also Monday, Israel Police announced the arrest of eight Arabs from eastern Jerusalem for using Facebook as a tool to incite terrorist attacks against Jews.

The suspects, who were arrested in a raid late Sunday night, are affiliated with Hamas and Fatah, police said. They disseminated photos and videos on Facebook calling for attacks on Jews and Israeli security forces, according to police.

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