Itongadol.- In a joint operation, the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and IDF forces thwarted in November a shooting attack being planned by a Hamas terror cell for Highway 35 near Hevron.
The cell had purchased an M-16 rifle and a pistol for the attack; both weapons were seized by security forces during the investigation.
In charge of the cell was Mohammed Ali Kawasmeh, 38, who recruited the terrorists – all residents of Hevron.
Kawameh\’s brother, Hassam Ali Kawasmeh, was the mastermind behind the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014.
In addition to Kawasmeh, members of the cell included Louie Pitzel Hashalmon, a 32-year-old Hamas terrorist imprisoned in the past, and Hamas operatives, Amar Mohammed Iwiwi, 29, and Hassam Fakhri Hashalmon, 24.
Under interrogation by Shin Bet agents, the terrorists admitted Kawasmeh and the senior Hashalmon had taken a number of "surveillance" trips on Route 35, in order to identify the best point to conduct an attack.
They then purchased the weapons necessary to carry out the shooting.
It also emerged that Kawasmeh had recruited logistical assistants, who were tasked with acquiring stolen vehicles with which to carry out the attack, as well as to assist members of the cell in evading capture by Israeli security forces after the attack.