IDF arrests 11 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids
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IDF arrests 11 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Army prepares for demolition of home of man who planned shooting of Henkin family in October near Nablus

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers during search patrols in the West Bank, June 16, 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers during search patrols in the West Bank, June 16, 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90

Security forces arrested 11 Palestinian terror suspects early Monday, including one man described by the IDF as a Hamas activist.

Seven of the suspects were believed to have taken part in or led violent protests and clashes with Israeli forces.

According to Palestinian media reports, the arrest raids took place overnight in the West Bank towns of Qaryut, south of Nablus, and Beit Awwa, west of Hebron. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency said that four of those arrested in Qaryut were minors.

Givati infantry brigade troops, together with Border Police and regular police forces, carried out the sweep.

Combat engineering troops also mapped out the Nablus home of the terrorist Bassam Amin Muhammad Sayyah, one of the planners of the October 1 killing of Eitam and Naama Henkin.

The Israeli couple, both in their 30s, were driving in their car near Nablus with their four children when they came under attack from Palestinian gunmen. The two were shot dead in front of their children; the children, aged 9, 7, 4 and 4 months, were unharmed. On October 5, the Shin Bet security service announced it had arrested a five-member Hamas cell, including Sayyah.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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