Israel Detains Palestinian Terror Cell Suspected of Planning Attacks in Jerusalem

Security forces expose new terror cell belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that allegedly planned terror attacks, abduction of Israeli soldier.

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Israeli security forces have arrested a terror cell belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, it was revealed Monday, which is suspected of planning to carry out several terror attacks in the Jerusalem area and to abduct an Israeli soldier.

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In a joint effort between Israel Police, the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet, the cell members were arrested during the planning stages of the attacks, having already recruited members and purchased weapons and silencers.

The Shin Bet had investigated some 20 people suspected of being part of the terror cell, some of which are residents of East Jerusalem and hold Israeli identity cards. Some of the people involved had already served time in Israeli prison after being tried for involvement in terror activities and carrying out terror attacks.

A masked Palestinian militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Ein-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon on March 15, 2006.Credit: AP

One of the suspects who was arrested is Nasser Abu Hadir, a 50-year-old resident of the Shuafat neighborhood in north Jerusalem, who served a 5-year sentence in jail after getting hurt while trying to prepare an explosive device in the 1980s. Abu Hadir stood at the head of the military wing of the new terror cell and served as a liaison between the cell and the leadership of the PFLP in Damascus.

In February, Abu Hadir even met senior officials in Jordan who had aided him in funding the new cell and training its members.

In addition to planning an abduction of an IDF solider, the members of the cell also planned shooting attacks in Israeli settlements around Ramallah, placing explosive devices in the Jerusalem area and murdering those collaborating with Israel.

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