An attempted suicide attack plan in Tel Aviv was thwarted during Passover and cleared for publication on Tuesday. The Shin Bet and Israeli military troops arrested 19 Hamas members from Kalkilya who were involved in planting 220 pounds of explosives in a vehicle intended to be detonated in the Tel Aviv area.
A terrorist drove his car to carry out an attack on Tel Aviv, arrived to the Israeli metropolitan area, but turned back for unknown reasons and upon his return the car bomb exploded accidentally.
“The discovery of this ring shows that Hamas is actually beginning to realize its strengthening in the form of attacks,” a security source said.
The bomber had easy access in and out of Israel with his Israeli ID card that he obtained through family unification, which in addition to the attempted attack allowed him to gather intelligence information.
Following the arrests in Kalkilya, security officials found that Hamas had been planning a number of attacks against Israel after rebuilding its forces.
Kalkilya is centrally located and in close proximity to a number of Israeli cities. Those who hold Israeli ID cards are allowed to freely move in and out of the city.
The Defense establishment said this was another case where terror groups obtained Israeli ID cards through family unification to commit attacks, collect information and transport terrorists.