(JTA) — Israeli security forces said they prevented 17 suicide attacks and eight kidnappings so far in 2015, in addition to several attacks stopped by the Palestinian Authority.
Five of the 17 attacks that the Shin Bet reported stopping were planned by Hamas members, five were planned by other groups and the remaining seven were not affiliated with any organization, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday.
Unaffiliated terror cells are growing in number and tend to be difficult for security services to monitor, according to the Times of Israel.
In total, Israel has prevented 111 attempted terrorist attacks in 2015, more than half of them planned by members of Hamas. Nearly all the thwarted attacks targeted Israelis in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.