(JNS) Israeli security forces have busted a Palestinian terrorist cell planning attacks in Jerusalem, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed.
According to the Shin Bet, the cell was based in Shomron and operated under the direction of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. It was uncovered in the past few weeks during joint operations by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police.
The Shin Bet identified the cell’s leaders as Tzabri Mahmoud Eram and Ayman Youssef Khalil Zakkut, both from Rafah in southern Gaza.
The two are members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of terror groups opposed to the Palestinian Authority and its ruling Fatah faction’s relatively conciliatory approach towards Israel.
The PRC is believed to be financed by Iranian proxy and Lebanon-based Hezbollah.
Eram and Zakkut are accused of recruiting and training terrorists in Judea and Samaria and facilitating the smuggling of weapons to them.
Israeli authorities dismantled the cell before the first planned attack, arresting two terrorists linked to the group. Additionally, two brothers from Judea and Samaria were arrested last month on suspicion of plotting a bombing inside the Green Line.