HIZBULLAH LEADER’S SON LED A PALESTINIAN TERROR CELL
The Israeli internal security service – Shin.Bet said on Wednesday 01/20/2016, they foiled a suicide bombing and shooting cell based in Tulkarm in the West Bank that was under the command of Hezbollah, and which was set up by the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Naserallah – Juad Naserallah (pic-l). Five Palestinians are in custody on suspicion of joining the Hezbollah terrorist cell.
Juad Nasrallah used an online social media network to recruit Mahmoud Zaalul, 32, (pic-l) a resident of Tulkarm, the Shin Bet said. He acted under a hendler known as Fadi and set up an email account through which he received encrypted directions on how to recruit more terrorists, gather field intelligence and select targets, the agency said. The instructions included how to carry out suicide bombings, assemble bomb vests, gather intelligence, and set up training camps, the Shin Bet said.
The terrorists allegedly asked Hezbollah for assistance in getting weapons and funds to carry out attacks. Indeed “Hezbollah sent $5,000 from abroad to advance the terrorist plot,” the Shin Bet said.
Two members of the cell, Muhammad Masarwa and Ahmed Abu El-Az, both born in 1996, purchased a firearm from Zaalul, and were arrested before being able to proceed with a shooting attack on the IDF, the agency added.
Mahmoud Zaalul (pic-l), the alleged field commander of the cell, spent time in Israeli prison between 2001 and 2005 for security offenses, while another member of the cell, Rabah Lavadi, 28, from Tulkarm, spent 2002- 2007 and 2008-2011 behind bars for security offenses.
The fifth suspect, Muhammad Wahid Zaalul, was also born in 1996.
The Shin.Bet said that Hezbollah’s Unit 133, which is responsible for overseeing the Lebanese movement’s attacks against Israel, has in recent years tried to set up terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, without success.
The five suspects have been indicted in the Judea Military Court and charged with membership in an illegal organization, contact with the enemy, bringing enemy funds into the area, conspiracy to cause deliberate death, trafficking in combat equipment, conspiring to shoot at people, and disrupting the course of legal proceedings.
A younger brother of Juad Naserallh. Hadi, was killed by Israel in o9/1998 in South Lebanon. He was a close friend of Jihad Mughaniya, killed by IDF in Syria on o1/18/2015 and the timing suggest a revenge attack.
Generally Juad Mughniya is known in Beirut for his cultural activity and his tendency to poetry .
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