Israeli Security Forces arrested 13 Hamas operatives operating in the Binyamin region attempting to establish terror infrastructure positions and undermine the Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced Monday.
During the investigation into the cell, an extensive Hamas infrastructure, operating in the Ramallah sector and the Binyamin region was discovered, including the headquarters of the terror group in the region.
Among those arrested was a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for Hamas. During the joint IDF-Shin Bet operation, money, a vehicle and Hamas propaganda materials were seized, the Shin Bet said.
According to the statement, the cell, which had a clear hierarchical organizational system and numbered over a dozen of terrorists, “worked to strengthen the grip of Hamas in Judea and Samaria as an organization and as one with a broad regional impact.”
The cell was “funded continuously by Hamas officials from the Gaza Strip as well as from abroad,” according to the Shin Bet.
It also acted as the Hamas headquarters in terms of social and economic means, financially supporting the families of Hamas prisoners and terrorists, as well as acting as the propaganda headquarters in the region, spreading Hamas messages and sponsoring Hamas rallies.
According the Shin Bet statement, “the uncovering of the infrastructure indicates the continued strategic intentions of Hamas to operate and establish its presence on the ground, in an attempt to topple the Palestinian Authority.”
“The Shin Bet, together with the IDF will continue to work with determination to thwart and foil terror activities,” the statement concluded.