Palestinian who tried sneaking into settlement in army uniform turns himself in
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Palestinian who tried sneaking into settlement in army uniform turns himself in

Suspect arrives at Civil Administration headquarters after evading capture in Itamar last week

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

A Palestinian suspect arrested near the West Bank settlement of Itamar, on January 28, 2018. (Samaria Regional Council)
A Palestinian suspect arrested near the West Bank settlement of Itamar, on January 28, 2018. (Samaria Regional Council)

A Palestinian suspect who managed to avoid IDF capture after attempting to infiltrate an Israeli settlement last month wearing an army uniform turned himself in to security forces, the army said Wednesday.

On January 28, soldiers near the settlement of Itamar spotted men dressed in army uniforms trying to enter the north West Bank community.

The troops detained one of the suspects, but the second one managed to evade capture.

During searches of the area, forces uncovered binoculars, when the captured the first suspect. Later, they found several prepared Molotov cocktails as well.

It was not clear if there was a terror motive in the incident.

Binoculars belonging to a Palestinian suspect arrested near the West Bank settlement of Itamar, on January 28, 2018. (Samaria Regional Council)

Earlier Wednesday, an Israeli security guard was lightly wounded when a Palestinian assailant attacked him with a knife at the entrance to the settlement of Karmei Tzur in Gush Etzion.

The terrorist opened the door to the guard post at the entrance to the community, and stabbed one of the guards in the palm of his hand.

A second guard present at the scene shot the assailant and killed him, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

He was later identified by Palestinian officials as Hamzeh Yousef Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhul, near Hebron.

On Monday, a terrorist fatally stabbed 29-year-old Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal outside the settlement of Ariel.

Israeli forces are still hunting for the killer.

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