Terrorists in Judea and Samaria using cellphone-activated explosives

IDF (Zahal) implements special means to deal with the phenomenon, which has grown this year

Date: 21/06/2012, 6:14 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

Terrorist squads in the Judea and Samaria region are using cellular devices to detonate explosives against IDF (Zahal) forces and Israeli civilians. To counter this threat, IDF (Zahal) forces in the sector are using special means.

In recent years, the use of such devices had dropped significantly, but since the second half of 2011 there has been an increase. The IDF (Zahal)’s Central Command has also noticed an improvement in camouflage of the devices and the operational methods used by terrorists. However, the explosive materials and casings used have not changed.

The most recent incident involving such a device occurred in mid-April, when an explosive was detonated against an IDF (Zahal) vehicle near Yatta, in the Hebron area. There were no injuries or damage in the incident.

Last week, indictments were issued in a military court against two Yatta residents, who were arrested by the IDF (Zahal) and Shin Bet. They were indicted for a number of offenses, including planting bombs, producing explosive devices, weapons possession, arms dealing, and military training, among other things.

In 2011, there were five cases of the phenomenon, the most noteworthy of which was the March attack in Jerusalem in which a British woman was killed and 35 people were wounded after an explosive that had been planted at a bus station was detonated remotely.

The first cases of cellular devices being used to detonate explosives occurred in the early 2000s in the Gaza Strip. Since then, the IDF (Zahal) has developed various means to deal with this threat.