Palestinian Security Personnel Involved in Attack on Israeli Soldiers, Shin Bet Says

Terror cell affiliated with Fatah-linked militant group undertook seven different attacks before they were arrested, Israeli security forces say

Members of the Palestinian security forces put on a display at a training camp for youths, in the West Bank city of Jericho, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The young participants wear military uniforms and spend 3 days in the military camp.
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The terror cell that shot at Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the West Bank in an April attack included Palestinian security personnel, Shin Bet security services said in a statement on Sunday.

In the incident, Israeli soldiers came under fire at a checkpoint near Tulkarem, which is west of Nablus. As part of the Shin Bet investigation of the attack, a number of Palestinians from the village of Danaba and the Tulkarem refugee camp were arrested. They included a number of Palestinian Authority official security forces, one of whom was released as part of the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in 2011.

According to the Shin Bet, the cell undertook seven different attacks before they were arrested. They also planned to buy heavy arms for additional attacks. While conducting the investigation, the Shin Bet seized weapons, including two homemade Carl Gustav submachine guns and makeshift pipe bombs fashioned from fire extinguishers.

"This investigation reveals serious terror activities intended to harm IDF soldiers and involving terrorists who support the Tanzim as well as those of the Palestinian Authority's security apparatus," read the statement. The Tanzim is a militant Palestinian faction affiliated with the Fatah movement.