Palestinians celebrate prisoners' release
Photo: Gur Dotan
IDF forces raided a West Bank village Saturday and summoned former prisoners released by Israel in the Shalit deal for a talk with Shin Bet security service officials.
According to the report, by the Palestinian Prisoner Club, troops handed out letters in the village of Yata, near Hebron.
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Meanwhile, a senior IDF Central Command officer said Sunday the army is concerned that dozens of former detainees may be plotting terror attacks at this time.
The revival of terror groups in Judea and Samaria in the wake of the Shalit swap is mostly focused on plans to abduct soldiers, he said, adding that in recent weeks Palestinian security agencies thwarted two shooting and abduction plots.
The senior officer also noted that of the 96 terrorists freed in the West Bank as part of the Shalit swap, 55 face restrictions that could see them being returned to prison for carrying out any offence that bears more than a three-month prison term.
7 ex-detainees arrested again
Last week, IDF troops detained a released prisoner in Yata, an incident that turned violent and saw a soldier being stabbed by two local teens; one of the teenagers was killed and the other was wounded.
The arrest marked the seventh time a prisoner released in the Shalit swap is detained again. The IDF wants legal officials to send five of the recently arrested prisoners to jail again for violating their release terms.
According to IDF statistics, some 40% of detainees freed in past swaps similar to the Shalit deal went on to resume their terror activity.
Elior Levy contributed to the story
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