IDF arrests 4 wanted Hamas activists in West Bank raids

Military conducts pre-demolition survey at home of Palestinian attacker, day after he stabs IDF soldier in Jerusalem

Illustrative: IDF soldiers stand guard in the West Bank, June 15, 2014. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers stand guard in the West Bank, June 15, 2014. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police officers arrested four wanted suspects during operations in the West Bank overnight Sunday.

The four men, all activists in the Hamas terrorist organization, were nabbed from areas around Nablus and Hebron. They were handed over to security officials for questioning.

Also overnight, IDF military engineers conducted a pre-demolition survey at the home of Palestinian attacker Said Farouq Mahmoud Kanabaz, in the Eizariya neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Kanabaz lightly injured an IDF soldier in a stabbing attack Sunday outside the central bus station in the capital.

A security guard who witnessed the stabbing fired at the Palestinian assailant, who surrendered to him and was then arrested, police said.

Paramedics administered first aid to the victim, 21, who suffered a stab wound in his shoulder, and evacuated him to a hospital in the city, police and rescue services said. He was released several hours later.

The practice of demolishing the family homes of terrorists has been criticized by nongovernmental groups, but officials have defended its use as a deterrent against future attacks.

Critics claim that, in addition to being a form of collective punishment, house demolitions could motivate family members of terrorists to launch attacks themselves.

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