Israel indicts 7 in ISIS terror operation


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel has indicted seven people for setting up and aiding a cell linked with the Islamic State terror group.

Four of the seven, all of whom are Arab-Israelis, were charged with setting up a terror cell in the Nazareth area that planned to carry out attacks on behalf of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, according to Israeli reports Thursday. Three others were charged with providing weapons aid to the terror cell.

The four alleged terror cell members — Ahmed Mahajneh, Mohammad Sharif, Mohammad Gazalah and Ahmed Ahmed — are accused of planning to carry out attacks with guns, Molotov cocktails and firebombs on military and civilian targets near the northern Israeli city of Migdal Haemek. Ahmed is currently serving a life sentence for the 2009 murder of a Jewish-Israeli in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth Illit.

The group is said to have connected with ISIS through an Arab-Israeli who is currently fighting for the terrorist organization. Some 40 Arab-Israelis have crossed into Syria to join ISIS, according to the Times of Israel.

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