(IDF Announcement) Hamas Terrorist Assets Revealed in Hebron

In a joint IDF-ISA activity that took place in recent months, Hamas terror assets in Hebron were discovered, preventing future attacks. The assets that were discovered represented a Hamas attempt to establish a local Hamas headquarters in Hebron and included approximately 20 terrorists affiliated with the Hamas who were planning a kidnapping attack in order to bargain for the release of prisoners were arrested. Most of the terrorists were already known to authorities. They include:
·         Nabil Taleb Mahmad Mahmmud Ouauda- 32, resident of Dura, was previously jailed for involvement in terror activity and assisting suspects. Ouauda was the head of the terror infrastructure that was exposed.
·         Mahmud Mahmad Mahmud Abu-varda- 34, Pawer was previously jailed for involvement in terror activity. He was involved in the transferring of weaponry to other operatives.
·         Tareq Aziz Issa Graib, 35 resident of Tarqumia, was a contact for operatives abroad.
The investigation concludes that the terrorists were assisted by Hamas operatives abroad, receiving guidance and funding. The primary contact person abroad was Husam Badran, one of the prisoners released in the prisoner exchange that secured the release of a kidnapped IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit.  In 2004, Badran was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment for his involvement in the execution of terror attacks during the Second Intifada. Upon his release in October 2011, he was exiled to Qatar.
The investigation also revealed that the terrorists' primary goal was to execute a kidnapping attack in order to bargain for the release of prisoners.  They had planned to use a hideout apartment, utilizing an Israeli citizen who would function as the driver during the kidnapping.
A variety of ammunition was discovered, including more than 10 different of weapons.
The terrorists were indicted with the charge of weapon possession, contacting a hostile organization and conspiracy to kidnap an IDF soldier.