Israel announces Hamas arrests, day after shooting

AP , Monday 22 Nov 2021

Israel's internal security agency said Monday that it had arrested more than 50 members of a Hamas cell in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem in recent weeks that were allegedly involved in planning attacks on Israelis.

Mourners gather by the body of 25-year-old Eliyahu Kay during his funeral in Jerusalem
Mourners gather by the body of 25-year-old Eliyahu Kay during his funeral in Jerusalem on November 22, 2021, a day after he was killed by a Palestinian gunman while on his way to the Western Wall in the Old City. - A militant of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement opened fire on November 21 in Jerusalem s Old City, killing one person and wounding three before he was shot dead, Israeli officials, police and medics said. AFP

The announcement came a day after a Hamas gunman killed an Israeli man and injured four others in a shooting near a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem's Old City.

The Shin Bet said it had uncovered the Hamas cell in recent weeks in the West Bank and that it was planning several attacks in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel. It claimed they "were involved in establishing a terror infrastructure and money, armaments, weapons and material for preparing explosives were apprehended.''

The Israeli man killed in Sunday's attack, 26-year-old Eliyahu Kay, was buried in Jerusalem on Monday. At least one other person injured in the attack remained hospitalized.

The attacker was identified as a 42-year-old Palestinian man from east Jerusalem who belonged to Hamas. He was shot dead by police at the scene.

Hamas confirmed the shooter was one of its members. But it did not say whether the shooting was an operation organized by the group or whether the gunman had acted alone.

Israel and Hamas have four four wars since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, most recently an 11-day Israeli deadly assault last May.

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