Israeli counter-terror units busted a terror cell in eastern Yerushalayim in recent weeks the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said in a statement Tuesday.
Eight members of the group, which were active in the Shiloach neighborhood of the capital adjacent to the Dung Gate of the Old City, were arrested and detained for questioning. The group was known by the name “Ghosts of Silwan,” referring to the Arabic name of the neighborhood.
Detainees included Amir Fruh, Muhammed Abu-Thaya, Amjad Shweichi and Ali Abassi, all born in 1998, as well as Saoud Elian and Ahmad Abu-Halaf, both born in 1999. One minor was also detained, who admitted under questioning that he was involved in planning a shooting attack as well as in burning a security vehicle and several incidents of throwing Molotov cocktails.
The Shin Bet said that the group had repeatedly attacked Israeli cars with rocks and Molotov cocktails in the neighborhood, and on August 6 the group doused a security vehicle with gasoline before pelting it with Molotov cocktails, demolishing the car.
The group also confessed to a wealth of information about the group’s activities, including the planning of shooting attacks against Israeli targets in Shiloach, including private homes and residents’ cars. The group had been planning to purchase weapons for the attacks and undertaken additional preparations.
Indictments will be filed in the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday.