The Shin Bet Security Service announced on Tuesday that it dismantled a Hamas terror cell operating in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The terrorist network recruited dozens of agents, including several women, who operated in coordination with Hamas headquarters abroad, as well as in the Gaza Strip, to foster terrorism.
The suspects promoted Hamas activities in Hebron, coordinated activities in mosques, engaged in propaganda, incitement, assisted families of prisoners, and transferred intelligence information and funds to finance terrorist activities, the Shin Bet reported.
The network was headed by Nizar Shehadeh and Faras Abu Sharah, two Hamas agents who were imprisoned in Israel for terrorist offenses. The cell is suspected of attempting to take over the municipal activities of Hebron and several charities in the city.
Shehadeh and Abu Sharah recruited several women who established a committee to serve as the operating arm of the network.
The committee was headed by Dina Karmi, the widow of Nashat Karmi, a Hamas terrorist who carried out an attack in 2010 that killed four Israeli civilians. Karmi was killed by IDF forces in 2014.
Abu Sharaf and Shehadeh acted behind the scenes to give instructions to the women who promoted the terrorist group’s activity on the ground. Over the years, the committee expanded its activity by mobilizing dozens of Hamas activists and establishing numerous subsets.
Within this framework, other members were sent abroad to meet with Hamas commanders who were expelled after the exchange of prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011. In Turkey, they met with Haroun Nasser Adin to transfer funds, messages and instructions.
“The cell’s exhibition demonstrates once again that the Hamas headquarters in the Gaza Strip and abroad are directing the activities of the terrorist organization in Judea and Samaria, using whatever means at their disposal, and even using women,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.
“These elements are constantly working to increase Hamas activity in the West Bank. To this end, they are recruiting emissaries to travel to the West Bank and abroad to transfer terrorist funds and messages to terrorists on the ground,” the security service added.
Several members of the cell, including Faras Abu Sharah, Dina Karmi, and other suspects, were charged in a West Bank military court and are awaiting sentencing.