The Israel Defense Forces welded shut a bookstore in the northern West Bank on Sunday that was suspected of being used to manufacture explosives for a Hamas cell broken up late last year, the army said.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the troops arrived in the Palestinian city of Nablus to carry out an “additional element” of its cell-busting operation in December 2016, closing a shop used by the group of terrorists.
According to the military, the 20-man cell used the bookshop to make explosives for planned terror attacks in Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as printing “inciting” material.
In December, the IDF and Shin Bet security service arrested the cell members, who were in a state of “high readiness to carry out deadly suicide attacks,” the Shin Bet said at the time.
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