IDF arrested two terror cells behind rock-throwing attacks

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Some of those arrested had carried out an attack that seriously injured an Israeli civilian; some others had attempted a shooting attack

Date: 01/09/2013, 4:14 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Information regarding the IDF (Zahal)’s arrests of two terror cells responsible for rock-throwing attacks was released for publication today.

In November, the IDF (Zahal), in conjunction with the Israel Police and the Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service), arrested a number of terrorists who had carried out an attack that seriously injured an Israeli civilian in the area of the city of Betar Illit. More recently, a terror cell from the area of Nablus was arrested.

Those arrested in the first action, residents of the area of Bethlehem, confessed to having thrown rocks in an incident in which an Israeli civilian was injured, as well as to participating in a number of other rock-throwing incidents.

The second terror cell that was arrested was from the village of Bita. Its members confessed to carrying out a number of rock-throwing attacks – including attacks in which they threw rocks from one moving vehicle at other vehicles – as well as to participating in violent riots. Some of its members also confessed that they had attempted to carry out a shooting attack using an improvised gun.

Israel’s defense establishment sees incidents in which rocks are thrown from a moving car as a serious threat that could cause grave damage. Such an attack claimed the life of Asher Palmer and his baby son in September 2011.