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Home of Eliav Gelman attacker mapped for demolition

Army arrests 19 West Bank Palestinian suspects overnight, seizes weapons in Hebron; 2 Gazans nabbed after breaking into Israel

Cpt. (res.) Eliav Gelman (Hagar Amibar/Israel Air Force)
Cpt. (res.) Eliav Gelman (Hagar Amibar/Israel Air Force)

Israeli forces mapped the home of the Palestinian attacker Mamduh Amro overnight Sunday ahead of its demolition, the army said Monday.

Amro, 26, from the village of Dura near Hebron, tried to stab Air Force reserve officer Eliav Gelman last week at the Gush Etzion Junction in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Jerusalem.

Gelman, a father of two from the nearby West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur, was hit by errant IDF gunfire aimed at Amro.

He was taken in critical condition to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds some two hours after the attack. He had been on his way home from his Air Force base, where he was performing reserve duty.

File: Hundreds attend the funeral of IDF reserve officer Eliav Gelman in Kfar Etzion, February 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
File: Hundreds attend the funeral of IDF reserve officer Eliav Gelman in Kfar Etzion, February 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Amro sustained moderate to serious injuries and was treated in Jerusalem.

The Etzion Junction has seen a spate of Palestinian attacks, many targeting soldiers stationed at the intersection. In November, three people, among them the American-Israeli teen Ezra Schwartz, were killed in a shooting attack at the site.

On Monday morning, IDF soldiers arrested two suspects who are believed to have crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip, an army spokesperson said. The pair were picked up near the central Gaza Strip and were unarmed, the spokesperson said.

Also overnight, Israeli forces meanwhile arrested 19 suspects in the West Bank overnight. In Hebron, they confiscated two M16 rifles, a revolver and ammunition.

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