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Israel security forces foil multiple terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, arrest dozens of Hamas militants

Shin Bet security service intercepts explosive after it was smuggled to Jerusalem, it emerges Wednesday; dozens of Hamas militants operating in 13 separate cells arrested by security forces.


by Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Service

September 7, 2011 | 10:26 am

Israeli soldiers carry weapons as they walk past part of Israel's controversial barrier after a protest at Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Israeli soldiers carry weapons as they walk past part of Israel's controversial barrier after a protest at Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 26. Photo by REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

The Israeli Shin Bet security service foiled a suicide terrorist attack last month in Jerusalem, it emerged Wednesday. An explosive belt was seized only 24 hours before the planned attack, after it was already smuggled into Jerusalem.

The interception of the planned attack was part of a large-scale operation by the Shin Bet, the IDF and the police against the Hamas military infrastructure in the West Bank and Jerusalem. During the operation, dozens of Hamas militants – operating in alleged 13 separate cells – were arrested.

The main cell charged with carrying out the attack was based in Hebron. The cell was in touch with the Hamas headquarters in Syria, and the date of the attack was set for August 21. The planned attack involved a fire extinguisher which contained six kilograms of explosives. The device was supposed to be carried by a suicide bomber in a bus or a mall in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The same cell was responsible for the March 23 attack in the central bus station in Jerusalem, where Mary Jean Gardner, a British tourist, was killed, and 47 other people were injured.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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