Israel thwarts terrorist cell in Jerusalem

Israeli police and domestic security agency has discovered a cell of terrorists hiding in Jerusalem that had been planning an attack on a civilian bus. Directed by their masters in the Gaza Strip, the terrorists planned to enter Israel with fraudulent Russian passports and disguised as tourists.
 
According to local reports, one of those involved was to carry out a suicide attack on a civilian bus on a route between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.  The terrorists planned to shoot out the tires of the bus so as to make it overturn. Once the bus was immobile, the plan was to kill the driver and passengers at close range with gunfire.  Other plans involved dual suicide bomb attacks at the Binyanei Hauma Convention Center in Jerusalem, as well as the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.
 
The news came following the lifting of a gag order on the particulars of the successful investigation of terrorist activities. 
 
The thwarting of the terrorist cell came just days after Israeli Defense Forces fired a missile on Ahmed Sa’ad – a member of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. While riding a motorcycle, according to reports, Sa’ad was seriously wounded by a missile launched from Israel. A 12-year-old boy was also wounded. “Sa’ad was personally responsible for the firing of rockets at Ashkelon last Thursday,” said an IDF spokesman following the strike. He was referring to an attack in which five missiles were fired into Ashkelon during the pre-dawn hours on January 16. Fortunately, Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system intercepted the rockets inbound from Gaza. 
 
For his part, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will respond forcefully to any rocket attack launched from the Gaza Strip. Following the retaliatory strike, Netanyahu said “We are determined to preserve the quiet in the South. We do this through a policy of prevention and by responding powerfully against those who try to harm or hurt us. I suggest Hamas take our policy into account.”


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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