IDF chief vows to probe settler carnage, capture West Bank gunmen

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi walks alongside Col. Meir Biderman, the commander of the 417th territorial brigade at the brigade's base in the northern Jordan Valley, February 28, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi walks alongside Col. Meir Biderman, the commander of the 417th territorial brigade at the brigade's base in the northern Jordan Valley, February 28, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Military chief Herzi Halevi vows to “thoroughly investigate” riots by Israeli settlers in the West Bank town of Huwara on Sunday that followed the killing of two Israeli brothers in the area.

“The terrible, calamitous events in Huwara after the severe attack will be thoroughly investigated,” Halevi says in remarks provided by the Israel Defense Forces.

Halevi condemns several incidents of violence by settlers against Israeli troops amid the riots in Huwara and other areas of the West Bank.

The IDF chief also vows to capture the gunmen who carried out a deadly shooting attack near the West Bank city of Jericho Monday.

Halevi visits the 417th territorial brigade base in the Jordan Valley for an assessment of the attack that killed Israeli-American Elan Ganeles.

He says the army is “investigating and learning” the recent string of shooting attacks in the West Bank.

“We will thwart terror of any kind, and we will continue to use all operational and intelligence means in order to capture the terrorists,” Halevi says in remarks provided by the IDF.

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