The Shin Bet (The Israel Security Agency) has uncovered a Palestinian plot to kidnap and hold hostage an Israeli citizen to be used as a negotiating asset. The plot was supposedly created while three of the five terrorist cell members were serving sentences together in an Israeli prison.
The Shin Bet noted that the revelation came just weeks after Israel had reached an agreement with Palestinian prisoners ending a two-month long hunger strike, in which the prisoners had pledged to refrain from engaging in anti-Israel terror activity.
The Shin Bet said that the cell operated as part of a terrorist group called “Holy Freedom Fighters,” which split off from Fatah’s Al-Aqsa brigades in 2007.
The group has been involved in the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel as well as a number of roadside bomb attacks against IDF troops patrolling the Gaza Strip border. The Shin Bet said the group also served as something of a proxy for Hamas which provides it with financial and logistical support.
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