Shin Bet Arrests Israeli on Suspicion She Photographed Facilities for Gaza Terror Group

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The port in Haifa, one of the facilities allegedly photographed by the terror suspect.Credit: Rami Shllush

The Shin Bet security service arrested an Israeli citizen married to a Palestinian man from Gaza, on suspicion that she was recruited to engage in terrorist activity against Israel.

The woman, Nisrin Hassan, was indicted in Be'er Sheva District Court on Thursday.

According to the Shin Bet, Hassan, 40, is suspected of collecting intelligence about various sites in Israel for a terrorist organization, knowing that the information would be used to carry out terror attacks. The Shin Bet also asserts that Hassan allegedly agreed to carry out terror attacks in Israel, and underwent training to assemble explosives.

The Shin Bet has interrogated Hassan since arresting her two weeks ago. According to the Shin Bet, she confessed during the interrogation to being recruited by the Holy Fighters' Brigade, which has fired rockets into Israel.

The organization sought to exploit Hassan's Israeli citizenship and her freedom of movement. So, asserts the Shin Bet, when she lived in Israel in January 2014 and July 2014, she received instruction to photograph facilities across Israel, including the Haifa port, the city's train station, an Interior Ministry office, a courthouse.

In addition, according to the Shin Bet, Hassan tried to recruit other Israelis for the organization, but without success.

"This is very serious activity for an Israeli citizen, who is a member of a terror organization in the Gaza Strip and abetted its efforts to carry out terror attacks in Israel by cynically taking advantage of her Israeli citizenship," the Shin Bet announced.

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