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Three Palestinian Women with Islamic Jihad Ties Charged for Planned Shooting

Tahrir Abu Sariya, Maryam Arafat and Alaa Abu Dhraa, accused of planning a shooting attack against Israeli security forces in the West Bank on August 20, 2022. (Social media)
Tahrir Abu Sariya, Maryam Arafat and Alaa Abu Dhraa, accused of planning a shooting attack against Israeli security forces in the West Bank on August 20, 2022. (Social media)

Three Palestinian women from Nablus with ties to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group were charged this week over plans to commit a shooting attack against Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

On August 20, Tahrir Abu Sariya, Maryam Arafat and Alaa Abu Dhraa were detained by Defense Ministry security guards at the Eliyahu Crossing, near Qalqilya. A loaded makeshift “Carlo” submachine gun was found in the trunk of their car.

The Kan public broadcaster reported Tuesday that the cell, headed by 29-year-old Abu Sariya, sought to commit an attack following the killing of senior al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade member Ibrahim al-Nabulsi by Israeli security forces earlier that month.

The Shin Bet security agency confirmed the details of the report to The Times of Israel.

According to the Shin Bet’s investigation, Abu Sariya recruited the other two women before making contact with a terror operative in the Gaza Strip and an Islamic Jihad operative in Nablus, who helped them purchase weapons for the attack.

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