Cleared for publication
Hamas Terror Cell Busted in Shechem

Six members of a terror cell building explosives in Shechem busted by Shin Bet, IDF, and police.

Cynthia Blank,

Hamas - not a terrorist organization?
Hamas - not a terrorist organization?
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The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), in cooperation with the IDF and the Israel Police, arrested six members of a Hamas terror cell in Qalqilya - it was cleared for publication on Sunday. 

The six are accused of planning to carry out terror attacks inside Israel. It is suspected that the cell, controlled by Hamas officials in Gaza, was set up to inflame violence in Judea and Samaria during Operation Protective Edge. 

The suspects have been named as: Abdullah Muhammad Yusuf Zitawi (26) from Jamma'in, Walid Muhammad Abu Zina (26) from Jenin, Malik Raad Farooq Ghanem (22) from Immatin, Raja Khaled Raja Tzabara (22) from Bruqin, Jasser Muhammed Saeed Abu Omar (42) from Jamma'in, and Baha al-Din Fathi Mahmoud Tzuan (33) from Immatin.

Shin Bet indicated that the arrests occurred after the six managed to get a hold of six dozen kilograms of sulfur and 25 grams of "thunderous mercury" for the purpose of making explosives. 

The suspects admitted to being recruited for terror activities by a Hamas cell in Jordan. After undergoing military training in Gaza, the recruits were sent back to Samaria to to begin mobilizing and fundraising. 

The six rented an apartment in the center of Shechem (Nablus) and established a weapons laboratory to begin manufacturing explosives. 

According to Shin Bet, the busted terror cell is yet another example of Hamas' attempts to insert military units inside Judea and Samaria to then attack all over Israel. 

Indeed, on Saturday, Hamas pledged a takeover of Judea-Samaria, after one of its leaders declared it a strategic area of ​​utmost importance in implementing the long-term objective of the terror group to "liberate Palestine."