IDF Rounds Up Tens of Terror Suspects in Surprise Operation in Benyamin

15 July, 2021   |   3 weeks ago

Jerusalem, 15 July, 2021 (TPS) -- The IDF was successful on Wednesday evening in rounding up and arresting dozens of terror suspects linked to the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.

The IDF stated that following intelligence and operational efforts, Israeli forces arrested dozens of Hamas terrorist operatives from the organization’s student cell at Bir Zeit University while they were in the village of Turmus-Aya in the Benyamin area.

They had come to the home of terrorist Muntasar Shalbi, which was recently demolished by the IDF.

Shalabi murdered Israeli yeshiva student Yehuda Guetta and wounded two others about two and a half months ago in a terrorist attack at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria.

The IDF noted that some of those who were arrested were directly involved in terrorist activities that included money transfers, incitement, and organizing Hamas’ activities in Judea and Samaria.

The terror suspects were transferred to the Shin Bet for interrogation.

“The operation was made possible in light of intelligence-operational preparations and inter-organizational activities of the security forces in the sector,” the IDF stated.

Online invitations to the event state that the Hamas student cell at Bir Zeit University “invites you to participate in a visit to the family of the heroic prisoner Muntasar Shalabi, who carried out the heroic attack at the Za’atara (Tapuach) checkpoint.”

The IDF had apparently taken advantage of the preplanned and publicized event at Shalabi’s house and surprised the terror operatives.