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IDF arrests two Palestinians carrying guns

Pair spotted near major West Bank highway, close to settlement of Migdalim, and caught after chase

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

One of two submachine guns seized from two Palestinian suspects by IDF forces in the West Bank, January 19, 2016. (IDF spokesperson)
One of two submachine guns seized from two Palestinian suspects by IDF forces in the West Bank, January 19, 2016. (IDF spokesperson)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Tuesday arrested two Palestinians whom they spotted toting guns near a Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank.

An IDF patrol identified the pair in the area of the Palestinian village of Akraba, near the trans-Samaria highway and the settlement of Migdalim.

The soldiers gave chase and the suspects were eventually apprehended and taken in for questioning.

The arrest came after two separate stabbing attacks inside settlements earlier in the week that resulted in the death of one woman and moderate injuries to another.

Two submachine guns seized by the IDF from Palestinian suspects in the northern West Bank, January 19, 2016. (IDF spokesperson)
Two submachine guns seized by the IDF from Palestinian suspects in the northern West Bank, January 19, 2016. (IDF spokesperson)

Dafna Meir was stabbed to death in front of her teenage daughter in the Otniel community in the southern West Bank on Sunday night.

The suspected attacker, Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, 16, was arrested by security forces overnight Monday.

Michal Forman was stabbed in a store in the Tekoa settlement on Monday. Othman Muhammad Sha’alan, a teenager from nearby Bethlehem, had entered the settlement through a hole in its perimeter fence. He was shot by an armed civilian and apprehended by security forces after attempting to flee the scene.

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