Officers nab 15 terrorists throwing rocks and bombs at Jewish drivers in the West BankBy Mason White 2:43 PM February 25, 2014
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By: Aryeh Savir
Security officers managed to put fifteen dangerous terrorists behind bars, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Israel’s General Security Service (GSS) announced on Monday that it has arrested 15 Arabs who were members of a Hamas terror cell that operated against civilian traffic on route 443, a major road connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The terrorists, all resident of the village of UR-Tahtah, are in their late twenties and early thirties. They were involved in the throwing of stones and Molotov-cocktails at cars, causing bodily harm and destruction of property.
Several members of the cell have previously served prisons terms for similar terror activity. The security on the road became so precarious that Members of Knesset were ordered not to use the route.
The GSS further revealed that the cell was in advanced stages of the testing of roadside explosive devices. Some members of the cell were convicted of shooting improvised weapons at civilian targets.
These latest arrests clearly indicate that terrorists who have already been incarcerated return to terror activity and even step-up their activities, a GSS source stated.
“Route 443 is a significant traffic artery, and therefore the GSS will continue, in collaboration with the IDF and Israel Police, to operate decisively against any terror activity, which objective is to harm innocent civilians and disrupt the public peace,” the source said.
Rabbi Haim Navon, of Modi’in, was attacked on this route on a Saturday night in March 2013.
He told us what he experienced: “I heard a loud slamming noise and the window shattered. I was hit with a large rock. Thank God, no one was hurt and the only damage was to my car. A police investigator told me that I was not the first person to be hit that night. It happened at 8:00 p.m., while I was driving along a major traffic route, on the way to our capital. People I don’t know tried to kill me.”