Shin Bet Foils Terror Attacks At Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium And Against IDF Forces

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israel’s secret service, the Shin Bet, has foiled a number of terror attacks, including one designated for the Teddy Stadium which seats 30,000 people, according to a report released Wednesday. Last month, the Shin Bet arrested three students from Bir Zeit university in Ramallah who were members of a Hamas terror cell which planned to carry out the attacks.

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The terrorists also planned attacks against IDF forces in the Ramallah region and in the Binyamin region.

The three terrorists arrested are Ahmed Sagdia, a 27-year-old resident of the Kalandia refugee camp who lost his hand in a previous attempt to prepare an explosive device, as well as Mahmed Hamed (26) from Kefar Akeb near Jerusalem and Omer Id, a 24-year-old resident of Dir Jerir in the Binyamin region, who holds an Israeli ID card.

The three met in a student fraternity which is effectively a Hamas center of “opposition” to Israel and planned to prepare booby-trap devices which could be detonated from far off in order to attack IDF forces near Ramallah. They also planned to place explosive devices in Teddy Stadium in southern Jerusalem. The three had already tried to perform an attack using an explosive device against IDF forces in Ramallah during the month of March.

The three had gathered information on the places they intended to attack, taking advantage of  Id’s Israeli citizenship. For example, during the investigation Id revealed that he had gone to a game in December 2019 at Teddy Stadium in order to ascertain whether it was possible to carry out an attack there. After observing security procedures he concluded that an attack was not feasible.

The three also tried to prepare explosive devices based on internet sites and even purchased chemical agents, nails and other metal items but were arrested before they managed to assemble them.

The three received financial support from Abd El-Rahman Hamdan,a Hamas operative in Ramallah who was active in the student cell and made the connection between students and Hamas.

The Shin Bet stated that the arrests prevented significant attacks against Israeli soldiers and citizens and that it was the latest in a number of attacks planned by terror cells from the university in the last few months. “This foiled attack demonstrates the dangerous nature and high motivation of terror infrastructures in the West Bank to perform significant attacks,” the Shin Bet said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu praised the Shin Bet for foiling the attack, adding that “we are continuing at all times to fight terror and to win.”

 


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