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Israel arrests 3 Palestinians in Umm al-Fahm over alleged plans to carry out attack

Sept. 30, 2017 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 12:53 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli intelligence authorities had arrested three Palestinian citizens of Israel from the northern Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm, the hometown of three Palestinians who were killed in July after they carried out a deadly shooting attack in July that left two Israeli police officers dead.

Ynet news and Arutz Sheva reported that the suspects were “supporters of the ISIS terrorist organization and plotted terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.”

The detainees were identified as Saeed Ghasoub Mahmoud Jabarin, 26, an unidentified 16-year-old, and Faras Salah Mahmoud Mahajna, 24.

According to the reports, Jabarin -- apparently related to the three Jabarin family members that were killed in July -- and the 16-year-old were arrested on charges of planning to carry out an attack at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, similar to the one in July.

“During the arrests and interrogation, two pistols and ammunition were seized, which were supposed to serve both suspects in carrying out the attack,” reports said, citing Israeli intelligence officials.

Meanwhile, Mahajna was reportedly arrested for supporting ISIS and illegal weapons possession, after an automatic rifle was found in his home.

“Following the arrest and interrogation of the three suspects, additional suspects were arrested in the Umm al-Fahm area, who were involved in the trafficking of weapons. During the arrest more illegal weapons were seized,” reports said.
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