Ma'aleh Adumim
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The Shin Bet and the IDF recently discovered a terrorist operative in Judea and Samaria enlisted by senior Hamas terrorists from the Gaza Strip to carry out a serious terrorist attack near election day on April 9, 2019.

In the course of exposing the plot, Yihya Abu Dia, a 23-year-old resident of the village of A-Zayyim east of Jerusalem, who is identified with the Hamas terrorist organization, was arrested on March 31.

In his Shin Bet interrogation to date, it was found that Abu Dia had been in contact with senior Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip via the Internet, was recruited for military activity and agreed to carry out missions and serve as a suicide attacker.

As part of his ties with Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip, Abu Dia was asked to buy a car and rent a storage room in order to prepare a car bomb and to monitor the best point for an attack in the Ma'aleh Adumim area, where there is a high concentration of buses, civilians and soldiers.

Abu Dia followed instructions, carried out observations on busy sites, and reported to his superiors, who chose the “best” point and conveyed instructions on how to carry out the attack quickly.

As part of the preparations for the suicide bombing attack, Abu Dia was asked by the Hamas operatives from the Gaza Strip to film a final testament in the name of the military wing of Hamas. He planned to film the clip before he went to the attack wearing a Hamas military band, and for this purpose purchased a tripod for filming.

In the coming days, an indictment will be filed against Abu Dia.

A senior Shin Bet source said, "Hamas' terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is constantly recruiting Hamas operatives from the Judea and Samaria region to carry out murderous terrorist attacks in order to destabilize the security situation in the region. This activity of the military wing of Hamas joins a long list of attempted terrorist attacks under the direction of Hamas in the Gaza Strip by recruiting operatives in Judea and Samaria, that have been thwarted by the Shin Bet in recent years and have so far led to the imprisonment of many. The Shin Bet security service and security forces will continue to act to prevent terrorist attacks by Hamas in advance.”