Arrests over alleged plot to kidnap Israelis revealed
Israel’s internal security service arrested ten members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who allegedly plotted to kidnap Israelis several months ago, AFP reported on Wednesday.
Due to a media blackout imposed by the Shin Bet, details of the arrests have only now been made public.
Two of the key suspects, living in the West Bank city of Ramallah, are accused of planning to kidnap an Israeli soldier to use as a bargaining chip in a prisoner swap for PFLP head, Ahmed Saadat.
Saadat was sentenced to 30 years in prison by the Israeli authorities for his involvement in a number of attacks.
The two suspects are facing charges over the plot by a military tribunal, while the remaining eight face terrorism-related charges. PFLP has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., E.U., UK, Canada and Israel.