Shin Bet ar­rests seven for smug­gling cell­phones to pris­on­ers

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YVETTE J. DEANE

Shin Bet ar­rested Arab-Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans for sus­pected smug­gling of cell­phones to se­cu­rity pris­on­ers in the West Bank on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the Shin Bet’s Spokesper­son’s Unit.

The “phones en­able ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tives to ad­vance their ef­forts,” the Shin Bet’s Spokesper­son’s Unit said. “By pre­vent­ing this smug­gling, we pre­vented con­tin­ued ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity.”

Dur­ing the at­tempt, the sus­pects at­tempted to smug­gle the phones into the prison with a drone.

But, the drone later lost con­trol and crashed against the prison wall. Po­lice then in­ter­cepted a pack­age, which con­tained 60 cell­phones. Those re­ceiv­ing the cell­phones were con­victed of ter­ror­ism or pro­mot­ing ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

Some of the sus­pects were caught at Nafha Prison.

The sus­pects al­legedly smug­gled phones into the pris­ons be­tween 2016 and 2018 via drones. These drone op­er­a­tions were co­or­di­nated with the pris­on­ers via cell­phones, who would ar­range a drop off point and later smug­gle the phones into the prison.

The po­lice have said that they will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate and mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

(Shin Bet Spokesper­son’s Unit)

NAMES AND PIC­TURES of the ar­rested ArabIs­raelis and Pales­tini­ans sus­pected of smug­gling cell­phones to se­cu­rity pris­on­ers in the West Bank on Thurs­day.

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