PFLP terror cell arrested

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A member of the cell carried out a shooting attack in May; security forces uncovered and arrested the cell later last month

Date: 27/06/2013, 4:36 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service), in conjunction with the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Police, uncovered and arrested a cell of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine based in Hebron and Nablus in May, it was announced today (Thursday, June 27).

One of the cell’s terror operatives, Aid Assad Fahri Marka, carried out a shooting attack against Israeli hikers near Wadi Kelt on May 2. That attack caused no injuries but damaged a vehicle. The weapon used in the attack was confiscated.

Marka, a 46-year-old resident of Hebron active in the PFLP, confessed to the ISA that he had carried out the attack. He also stated that he was in contact with terrorists abroad and met with them in Jordan, and that they encouraged him to carry out the attack.

The ISA investigation also found that Marka believed that these terrorists receive directions from, and work cooperatively with, Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon.

Four other members of Marka’s cell, residents of the areas of Hebron and Nablus, also were arrested and confessed to having planned additional terror attacks. Among the suspects is Tahrir Sati Yussef Mantzur, a 30-year-old resident of Kafar Kalil, near Nablus, who confessed to having aided Marka in planning and gathering information for the attack .

The arrested suspects are due to be tried for their terror activities.