Israeli security forces conduct a search in the Israeli city of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, on January 5, 2016, during a manhunt for a suspect. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
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Israeli security forces have arrested six members of the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas for allegedly planning to "kidnap and murder an Israeli" citizen, officials said Thursday.The Shin Bet internal security agency, which announced the arrests, said the cell's activities were proof that Hamas was intent on escalating the three month wave of near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis.Israeli forces have killed 142 Palestinians during attacks or clashes with soldiers since Oct. 1 .Twenty-two Israelis, an American and an Eritrean have been killed in Palestinian attacks including stabbings, car rammings and gunfire targeting security forces and civilians.
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