Palestinian who planned to kidnap soldier arrested (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 03.21.12, 14:32)
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Shin Bet thwarts abduction and terrorist attack in Eilat: Hamas
operative Muhammad abu-Adara arrested last month while trying to
carry out his plans in Sinai
The Shin Bet has thwarted an attempt to kidnap a soldier and carry
out a terror attack in the Eilat area. After an indictment was filed
against Muhammad abu-Adara, a Hamas operative from Rafah, it was
released for publication that the Shin Bet arrested abu-Adara at the
end of last month when he tried to carry out his plans in Sinai.
The arrest is not connected to PRC plans to carry out a terror attack
on the Egyptian border, plans which had Israel raising the alert
level near the border.
The indictment, which was filed with the Beersheba District Court,
accuses abu-Adara of a series of offenses including contact with a
foreign agent, membership in an illegal organization, conspiracy to
commit a crime, intent to harm State security and other offenses.
Abu-Adara, member of a well-known Hamas family from Rafah, was
arrested when he tried to infiltrate Israel with a few others through
the Gaza Strip border. He was turned over to the Shin Bet for
questioning where he admitted that a year ago he escaped to Sinai via
a tunnel over criminal activities in Israel.
A few months after his arrival in Sinai he was approached by Yunes
Shaluf, a Hamas operative from Rafah who acts as an artillery
commander and who is responsible for Hamas´ observation layout in
Shaluf asked Adara to work for Hamas in Sinai and observe and
photograph Israeli military posts along the border in preparation of
a terror attack. After agreeing, abu-Adara was smuggled to the Strip
through a tunnel by Hamas operatives.
In Gaza he underwent an in-depth briefing and was told that his goal
was to examine possible targets and locations to gather intelligence
for Sinai attacks. Together the two gathered intelligence, examined
security force deployment and observed the security guard posts at
They also gathered intelligence on civilian targets, mostly in Eilat.
After much planning, abu-Adara and Shaluf met in Gaza with Raed Atar,
who participated in a number of terror attacks against Israeli
targets and who was involved in the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit in
Abu-Adara agreed to fire anti-tank missiles at military and civilian
targets on the Israel-Sinai border as well as fire rockets from Sinai
on Israel. Atar told him that the purpose of the attack would be to
kidnap an Israeli soldier as well as another attack which would
enable them to insert a terror cell in Eilat.
During his interrogation, abu-Adara admitted that he had agreed to
help transfer a terror cell into Eilat. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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