Hamas terrorists planned to target Israeli settlement in shooting attack

Hamas terrorists in East Jerusalem who were planning a shooting attack in the West Bank have been charged with serious security crimes. According to the indictment, two of the cell members met with a senior Hamas terrorist in Turkey and received funding for the attack.
Hamas flags in East Jerusalem Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash 90

Three East Jerusalem residents were charged on Tuesday with serious security offenses, including membership in a terror group and conspiracy to commit a terror attack. The defendants were part of a terror cell affiliated with Hamas in the Sur Baher neighborhood.

The three terror cell members were known to the Shin Bet for previous security-related crimes and their association with Hamas. The names of the defendants were cleared for publication when the indictment was filed: Nassim Hamdah, Az a’Din Atoun and Obidah Amirah. Hamdah was the head of the terror cell.

According to the Shin Bet, Hamdah was in contact with Hamas terrorists who were expelled to Gaza as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011 and had been recruited by them to carry out a shooting attack against Israeli targets. He recruited Atoun, Amirah and another East Jerusalem resident after receiving instructions from Gaza.

As part of their preparations for the shooting attack and other terrorist acts, the members of the terror cell tried to purchase firearms and surveilled an Israeli settlement. Atoun and Amirah even met with a senior Hamas terrorist in Turkey last year and received thousands of dollars from the terrorist group to fund their plans.

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