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Six Palestinians charged over ISIS ties

The alleged ISIS cell, operating out of Shuafat refugee camp in occupied east Jerusalem

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Israeli authorities have charged six Palestinians suspected of belonging to ISIS and of plotting attacks, police said Sunday.

The alleged ISIS cell, operating out of Shuafat refugee camp in occupied east Jerusalem, was “preparing a series of attacks mostly in Jerusalem”, police said in a statement.

Police said those arrested were a religious and ideological leader and other members tasked with preparing attacks, without naming the suspects.

The arrests followed a six-week operation, police said.

Several Palestinians and Arab Israelis have travelled to neighboring Syria to join ISIS, but authorities say the extremist’s influence has been limited in the Jewish state.

The Shin Bet internal security service, however, said in recent months that some Palestinians who have carried out attacks were apparently inspired by ISIS.

In a recent poll, 88 percent of Palestinians said ISIS does not represent Islam.