Terror cell arrested near Ramallah

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The cell was behind firebomb attacks and other incidents. Its members were arrested in November

Date: 17/01/2013, 4:23 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Information regarding the IDF (Zahal)’s arrest of a terror cell responsible for a series of violent attacks was released for publication today. The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service), in conjunction with the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Police, arrested the cell in November 2012.

Among other attacks, this cell was behind the throwing of a firebomb at an Israeli vehicle traveling on Highway 60 on November 19. In that incident, the vehicle was entirely burned, but its passengers managed to escape from the burning vehicle without injury.

The cell was based in the village of Sinjil, near Ramallah. Roughly a month ago, its members were charged with involvement in making firebombs and throwing them at vehicles.

The primary members of the cell are Hassin Shabana and Yussef Afri, both residents of Sinjil. The two do not belong to a terror organization.

The two confessed to their involvement in a series of attacks in which they threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli car and buses, as well as IDF (Zahal) vehicles, traveling on Highway 60.