IDF Exposes Syria-funded Islamic Jihad Terror Cell in West Bank

Israeli security forces arrest 10 militants near Jenin, who were allegedly planning attacks on IDF soldiers and received money from Islamic Jihad in Syria.

Israeli security forces have recently discovered an Islamic Jihad terror cell which was planning attacks against Israeli soldiers, the Israel Defense Forces said Thursday, after a gag order was lifted in the case.

In a joint operation between the IDF and the Shin Bet, 10 Islamic Jihad militants were arrested near Jenin in recent months. According to the investigation, the military headquarters of the cell was communicating with the Islamic Jihad in Syria, who transferred the cell large sums of money to purchase weapons and to fund other operations.

Moreover, the terror cell also had ties with Islamic Jihad in Gaza and with the non-governmental organization "Soul of Jerusalem," which is sponsored by the Islamic Jihad and is outlawed by Israel.

According to the Shin Bet, the terror cell was planning attacks on IDF soldiers, shooting attacks in the settlements, and abducting Israelis.

During the investigation, Israeli security forces seized a kilogram of potassium which could be used to make bombs, a Kalashnikov gun and a magazine, some 150 bullets, and NIS 2,050 that the Shin Bet said was intended for terror operations.

The military prosecution has already served indictments against the 10 arrested militants last month. The suspects are charged with membership in an illegal organization, transfer of foreign money into the West Bank, contact with foreign agents, illegal possession of weapons, and conspiracy to trade military equipment.