The detainees were said to live in Ramallah and Jerusalem. Officials
said PLFP planned to abduct at least one Palestinian land dealer to acquire
a ransom that would finance weapons procurement.
"The arrests, which took place before they could fulfill their goals,
prevented a series of attacks," ISA said.
PFLP, based in Syria, has been regarded as one of the smaller insurgency
organizations in the West Bank. The ISA statement was issued amid warnings
by security officials that Palestinians were planning a campaign of violence
ahead of a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood in September 2010.
The alleged leader of the PFLP cell was identified as Nasser Abu Khdair,
40, and described as having a "rich history of terrorist activity." Other
members held security offenses and had been previously arrested by Israeli
"The members of the cell were arrested after they had already begun
preparations for carrying out attacks," ISA said. "This included recruiting
members and buying arms. The investigation was continuing."