Seven Hamas militants from the Nablus and Hebron areas of the West Bank have been arrested on suspicion of planning attacks at the direction of Hamas in Gaza, the Shin Bet security agency disclosed on Monday.
According to the Shin Bet's statement, the militants also received cash from a Hamas contact from Gaza with which they allegedly bought materials and tested their capacity to carry out shooting attacks and laying explosives. A number of the suspects have been indicted on serious security offenses and other indictments will be filed in the future, the Shin Bet said.
The agency said that its investigation revealed that the militants had been recruited by Yahya Amar Mahmoud Abu Saifan, a 26-year-old resident of the Gaza Strip who is a member of Hamas' military wing and is said to be involved in recruiting young people as well as incitement on social media.
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According to the Shin Bet, Abu Saifan briefed the suspects on how to manufacture explosive devices and carry out terrorist attacks. The militants were found with weapons, including materials for the manufacture of explosives and firearms.
The arrests were made during the course of the month of September, the security agency said, and news of the operation was cleared for publication on Monday.