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Israeli Security Services Foil Jerusalem Bomb Plot by ISIS Supporters

Illustrative: Israeli officials work at the scene of a Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Nov. 30, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

i24 News — Israel Police and the Shin Bet internal security agency foiled terror attacks planned by two suspects from East Jerusalem who supported the Islamic State (ISIS), a new press statement disclosed on Thursday.

According to the statement, the arrested terrorists planned to prepare charges and explosive devices for use against the Israeli security forces, but the police and the Shin Bet were able to stop the attack before it could happen.

The investigation began at the Shin Bet, along with the police’s Jerusalem district, on suspicions that ISIS supporters intended to carry out bomb attacks. As such, detectives arrested a 23-year-old suspect from Jebel Makbar in East Jerusalem and then his friend, a 21-year-old resident of the same neighborhood.

According to the investigation’s findings, the two suspects began supporting the ideology of ISIS after viewing content by the terrorist organization via the internet, particularly on Telegram, including gore content and videos of executions.

Influenced by the terrorist organization’s media, the two planned to carry out terror attacks. Prior to their arrest, the suspects began preparing and learning about how to prepare explosive charges. But the plans were revealed by the police and Shin Bet before they could be carried out.

In addition, one of the suspects will have a pedophilia investigation opened against him after underage material was found on his phone during a search related to the terror charges.

“In the past year, the Jerusalem District Police and the Shin Bet foiled dozens of attacks and attempted attacks in the Jerusalem area, in a variety of ways, both thanks to activity on the intelligence and investigative level and thanks to the vigilance, professionalism, and quick response of the Jerusalem District police officers and security forces operating in the various sectors,” the joint statement concluded.

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Washington Says It Will Not Back Expanded IDF Operations in Rafah

Displaced Palestinians, who fled their homes due to the war provoked by Hamas’s terror attacks, shelter in a tent camp, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, December 29, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Shadi Tabatibi

i24 NewsMedics reported that Israeli airstrikes overnight in Gaza’s Rafah claimed the lives of 17 individuals on Saturday.

The attacks come as tensions escalate, with over a million Palestinians densely packed into the border city, awaiting a potential full-scale offensive amid widespread destruction across the enclave and limited avenues of escape.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced plans for military action, aiming to evacuate Rafah’s population and dismantle four Hamas battalions allegedly stationed in the area.

As IDF prepares for an intense ground operation in Rafah, its efforts to create safe corridors for Palestinian civilians are made more difficult by the fighting ongoing throughout Gaza. @mcauliffe_marym joins @Nicole_Zedek with the latest updates:

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) February 10, 2024

Unlike previous conflicts where civilians were urged to seek refuge in southern Gaza, the current situation presents a dilemma as there are no relatively unscathed areas left, leaving residents with nowhere to flee. Aid agencies have warned of the potential for a significant loss of civilian lives should an assault on Rafah occur.

Reports from Gaza City indicate intensified fighting on Saturday, with residents reporting clashes amid the ongoing hostilities.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, disclosed plans to coordinate the relocation of Rafah residents northward in anticipation of potential military action. However, Egypt has stated its refusal to permit mass displacement of Palestinians into its territory,.

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Numerous Weapons Discovered in UNRWA Premises in Gaza

View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90.

i24 NewsThe IDF revealed that it had discovered, in the areas of Shati and Tel al-Hawa in northern Gaza, twenty terrorist infrastructure sites including a tunnel entrance near an UNRWA school. The tunnel, an “important part of Hamas’ military intelligence services,” passed under the building which serves as the main headquarters of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip.

Large quantities of weapons were found in rooms of the building, including rifles, ammunition, grenades and explosives. Intelligence and documents discovered in the offices of UNRWA officials confirmed that these offices had also been used by Hamas terrorists, the military claims.

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Qatar Says Hamas ‘Promises’ Hostages Received Medicines, But Offers no proof

One of the digital billboards of Hamas hostages that were taken down in London. Photo: Provided

i24 NewsIn a recent development, Qatar has informed both Israel and France that Hamas has purportedly agreed to ensure that hostages receive the essential medicines delivered to them in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, Qatar facilitated the transfer of these crucial drugs to Gaza following a comprehensive list compiled with input from the hostages’ respective doctors. The medications in question are deemed “vital,” primarily aimed at addressing chronic illnesses among the hostages.

This development comes amidst ongoing efforts to address the welfare and medical needs of the hostages held in Gaza, with international stakeholders closely monitoring the situation for further updates.

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