3 Hamas terrorists indicted for planning multiple attacks

Israeli security prevented several mass-casualty terror attacks by Hamas operatives, this time in the north.

An Israeli court on Monday indicted three Hamas terrorists charged with planning multiple terrorist attacks in Israel, including shootings, bombings and abductions.

Mamdouh Younis, 24, an Arab with Israeli citizenship from the northern town of Arara, and Hassan Zidan, 23, and Muhammad Zidan, 25, two brothers from the village of Bani Naim near Hebron, were arrested several months ago, the Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) announced.

According to the indictment filed with the Haifa District Court, the three terrorists planned attacks on several locations in northern Israel, including an IDF base near Kafr Qara, the train station in Binyamina, a major synagogue in Zichron Yaakov and the central bus station in Afula. It is believed that they had collected information about their targets while working illegally in Israel and that they were directed by Hamas through a Facebook group.

The cell allegedly recruited other terror operatives and tried manufacturing the weapons they had planned to use in the attacks.

“The investigation further revealed an expansive Hamas infrastructure that aimed to promote serious terrorist attacks in the Hebron area and in Israel. This activity was directed by Hamas elements in the Gaza Strip,” the Shin Bet said in a statement Monday.

By: JNS.org and World Israel News Staff