Israel arrests 13 Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria, Ramallah



Hamas terrorists take part in a rally in Gaza that marked the Palestinian terror group’s 29th anniversary Dec. 16, 2016. Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli security forces recently arrested 13 Hamas terrorists, the Shin Bet security agency revealed Sunday.

The suspects were arrested in a joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet that exposed an extensive Hamas infrastructure in the Ramallah area and in Judea and Samaria’s Binyamin region.

The operation also seized money, a vehicle and propaganda material, the Shin Bet said in a statement, explaining that the terrorist command center operated under a hierarchical structure and comprised dozens of terrorists who were working to strengthen Hamas’s "broad regional impact" in Judea and Samaria.

Part of the command center's operations focused on financial and social activity, including financial support for families of Hamas prisoners and dead terrorists. It also worked to spread the Hamas message and sponsored mass rallies. The command center received steady funding from Hamas in Gaza and from Hamas satellites abroad.

The exposure of the Hamas infrastructure demonstrates that the Gaza-based terror group continues to attempt to position itself on the ground to topple the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank rule, in addition to continuing its focus on carrying out mass-casualty terrorist attacks against Israel.

Posted on January 16, 2017 .