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The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Thursday that it had foiled a bus-bombing plot.

The would-be bomber, a Gazan with a work permit in Israel, had intended to detonate an explosive device aboard a bus in southern Israel, according to the Shin Bet.

The suspect, identified by the intelligence agency as Fathi Ziad Zakut, 31, of Rafah, was charged on Thursday with severe security offenses.

According to the investigation, Zakut was recruited by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and he received training in handling explosives from a Gazan bomb-making expert. Radical publications were also found in his possession.

After he began entering Israel for work, Zakut allegedly started collecting ingredients for the explosive device.

Southern District prosecutors charged Zakut with preparations for a deadly terror attack, possession of weapons, membership in a terrorist organization and providing service to an illegal association, as well as communicating with a foreign agent.

“Israel will not allow attempts to exploit the civilian sphere by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip to promote terror attacks, and will act against these attempts in a severe manner, while viewing Hamas as the responsible party,” said a Shin Bet source.

Acting on Shin Bet recommendations, the Israeli Coordination Unit for Government Activities in the Territories has revoked some 200 work permits for Gazan residents who have family ties to terrorist elements.

Around 17,000 Palestinians from Gaza currently have work permits to enter Israel on a daily basis.

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