A Hezbollah terror cell from Tulkarem planning shooting attacks against Israelis was broken up by Israeli security forces, it was released for publication Wednesday.
The cell was operating under guidelines received from Juad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and planned at least one shooting attack in Israel. It was thwarted by a joint operation between the Israel Security Agency (ISA), the IDF and the Israeli Police.
The head of the terror cell has been identified as Mahmud Ja’lul, who received instructions from Nasrallah’s son via social media.
From the investigation conducted by the ISA it was revealed that Ja’lul was instructed by a Hezbollah operative, by the name of Fadi, to open a new email account through which he would receive instructions. These instruction told him how to recruit others to join the terror cell, as well as how to obtain tactical information of possible targets.
Jalul and the terror cell he formed were instructed to setup and maintain a secret communications network, make preparations to build a bomb and carry out a suicide bombing, and to gather intelligence information regarding training facilities. They were also instructed to gather and pass on information about the movements of security forces in their area.
Members of the terror cell requested that Hezbollah send them munitions and money in order to carry out their objectives. In response Hezbollah transferred $5000 from an international account to the group.
Mahmad Masaruah, and Ahmed Abu el-Az purchased weapons from Ja’lul and were later apprehended by Israeli forces before they could carry out their planned attack against IDF soldiers. They were caught in possession of the illegal weapons with which they were planning to carry out the attack.
32 year-old Ja’lul, who has a prior arrest and was incarcerated from 2001-2005 was arrested. As was 28 year old Rabah Lebadi also a Tulkarem resident who has two prior convictions and served time in prison from 2002-2007and then again from 2008-2011.
Three nineteen-year-olds were also arrested for taking part in the planned attack and terror cell. They are Mohammad Ja’lul, Mahmad Masaruah, and Ahmed Abu El Az.
This is yet another attempt by Hezbollah to perpetrate an attack in Israel. In recent years Hezbollah Unit 133 has attempted to setup a terror network within Israel to act as a fifth column, as well as using Fatah operatives as proxies, and has been continuously thwarted by Israeli forces. According to the ISA this case is unusual in that it involved a terror cell being directed by Hezbollah itself.
The ISA said that over recent years Hezbollah has been attempting to fan the flames of Palestinian incitement and create a full scale uprising through methods of incitement, and seducing young Palestinians into becoming terrorists by offering large sums of money to those who carry out attacks.
Hezbollah has been attempting to use the internet as a secret method of communication and to fly under the radar of Israeli security forces, while setting up a terror network in the Palestinian Authority from afar.
The suspects have been indicted in a military court in Judea and are accused of the following crimes: Membership in an illegal organization, contact with an enemy entity, accepting money from an enemy, conspiracy to manslaughter, illegal weapons trading and possession, conspiracy to shooting at an individual, and the obstruction of justice.