IDF arrests 4 suspects in deadly West Bank shooting – CBS17.com
JERUSALEM (AP) – The IDF said on Sunday that its forces apprehended four Palestinian suspects suspected of taking part in a deadly shootout in the occupied West Bank.
In Thursday’s incident, at least one Palestinian gunman opened fire on a car full of Jewish seminary students near an outpost in the West Bank settlement. Yehuda Dimentman, 25, was killed and two others were injured near Homesh, which is considered illegal by the Israeli government.
The army said the suspects were arrested in the village of Silat al-Haaretia in the northern West Bank, near Jenin, and “have been transferred to the security forces for further investigation and the weapon of the suspect who fired was captured “.
Israeli authorities did not immediately identify the suspects.
Israeli border police released a photo of a cache of assault rifles and ammunition that belonged to the suspects.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett congratulated the security forces on the arrest, adding that “every terrorist should know that the State of Israel will settle the score with him.”
The developments come after weeks of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence. Earlier this month, a Palestinian attacker stabbed and seriously injured an ultra-Orthodox Jew outside the Old City of Jerusalem. And just over a week before that, a Hamas activist opened fire in the Old City, killing an Israeli.
At the same time, settler violence against Palestinians has increased, especially in the northern West Bank.
Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, and the territories are now home to more than 700,000 Israeli settlers. Most members of the international community view Israeli settlements as illegal obstacles to peace.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem and the West Bank to be part of a future independent state.