Border police thwart infiltration into West Bank settlement
search

Border police thwart infiltration into West Bank settlement

2 suspects arrested after breaking into Na’ale community; third man, apparently waiting in getaway car, manages to escape

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Construction of new buildings in the West Bank settlement of Na'ale on February 8, 2017. (Flash90)
Construction of new buildings in the West Bank settlement of Na'ale on February 8, 2017. (Flash90)

Border Police officers arrested two Palestinians caught infiltrating the central West Bank settlement of Na’ale early Thursday morning.

Security cameras on the settlement’s perimeter fence picked up the pair as they entered, and they were only able to make it 40 meters (130 feet) into the community before being detained, according to Moked 443, a settler news service.

Authorities made the arrests without incident and transferred the pair to the Shin Bet security service for questioning. A third suspect, who was waiting for the two in a car outside the settlement, made an escape while the arrests were taking place.

It wasn’t immediately clear if they were armed.

Moked 443 also reported a separate incident Thursday morning in which a Palestinian was spotted on a road outside the settlement of Nahliel. A chase ensued and the suspect was caught and taken away for further questioning.

In January, two Palestinians were arrested after trying to enter the northern West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron armed with knives. A security coordinator for the settlement, west of Nablus, shot in the air as the two approached with their knives drawn, according to police. The two, a young man and young woman, were subdued, disarmed, and handed over to security forces for questioning.

read more:
comments