The Shin Bet security service announced Monday the arrest of seven West Bank Islamic Jihad operatives suspected of planning to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.
According to the Shin Bet, they were recruited and instructed by Jihadists from the Gaza Strip.
Among the detainees is a mother of four from the village of Jalamah near Jenin. She was identified as Yasmin Shaaban, an operative in the organization who previously served a prison sentence for being involved in the planning of a suicide attack.
According to the Shin Bet's statement, several Palestinian residents of Jenin and its surrounding villages were arrested. The suspects were recruited via social media by the Jihadist Ahmad Nabil Ahmad Juda, a resident of the city of Rafa in the Gaza Strip. Juda, meanwhile, acted on behalf of Jahed Shaker Diab Ganem, a high-ranking official in the organization, the Shin Bet added.
Shaaban, in her 40s, the investigation shows, mediated between Juda and the other suspects, members of the cell he formed in the West Bank, and helped transfer funds, firearms and ammunition to them.
The Shin Bet added that one of the detainees, Muhammad Yassin, recruited several residents of his home village, Deir Abu Da'if, under Juda's instruction. Those he recruited were also arrested.
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Yassin and other members of the cell built a "high-quality rocket-like explosive device" under the guidance of their handlers in the Strip, the security agency said, with which they planned to carry out a terror attack.
Last week, an indictment filed in the West Bank military court against Shaaban and Yassin, accusing them of several security-related offenses.
Other indictments were also recently filed against four other suspects.
The Shin Bet said that over the last years, terror organizations in the Gaza Strip have been building a network of handlers in order to exploit Palestinian residents of the West Bank and "promote acts of terrorism."
"This is a systematic and wide-reaching method that the organizations, including Islamic Jihad, are using to destabilize the region," the agency said.