The IDF and the ISA arrested roughly 20 Hamas terrorists, who had intended to establish a regional headquarters and carry out a kidnapping
The IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet security service) have uncovered and disrupted a terror infrastructure belonging to the military wing of Hamas, which had acted to establish a regional headquarters so as to carry out attacks in the area of Hebron.
Roughly 20 terrorists – known Hamas members who had previously served prison sentences in Israel for terror activity – were arrested.
Weapons from the Hamas terror infrastructure
The investigation carried out by the security forces revealed that the arrested operatives had intended to carry out terror attacks, particularly kidnappings. The terrorists had already begun preparations to carry out a kidnapping, trying to find an apartment to use as a hide-out and an Israeli citizen to serve as a driver for the intended attack.
Over the course of the investigation, much combat equipment belonging to the members of the terror infrastructure was discovered, including more than 10 guns of various types that were intended for use in the planned terror activity.
The investigation also revealed that members of the terror infrastructure maintained contact with Hamas officials abroad so as to receive assistance, directions 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 terrorists were indicted with the charge of weapon possession, contacting a hostile organization and conspiracy to kidnap an IDF soldier.