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Three Palestinian women from Nablus with ties to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group were charged this week with plans to target Israeli security forces in the PA.
On August 20, Tahrir Abu Sariya, Maryam Arafat and Alaa Abu Dhraa were detained by Defense Ministry guards at the Eliyahu checkpoint, near Qalqilya. A loaded homemade Carlo submachine gun was found in the trunk of their car.
reported that a cell led by 29-year-old Abu Sariya tried to attack Israeli security forces after they killed the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade; Ibrahim al-Nabulsi.
According to the Shin Bet investigation, Abu Sariya recruited two other women before coming into contact with Islamic Jihad militants who helped them acquire weapons. The trio filmed themselves wearing Islamic Jihad headbands, declaring their intention to die.
On the day of the planned attack in August, the three opened fire on a military post near the Kdumim settlement in the PA after spotting a soldier there. However, the weapons jammed and the women fled the scene in search of another target.
The detainees were charged with shooting and planned assault and will now remain in custody pending trial.
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