Soldiers arrest relatives of rabbi’s killer in raid
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Soldiers arrest relatives of rabbi’s killer in raid

In overnight West Bank operations, police and military confiscate weapons, money and vehicles

The IDF carries out overnight raids in the West Bank, August 1, 2016 (IDF)
The IDF carries out overnight raids in the West Bank, August 1, 2016 (IDF)

The Israel Defense Forces arrested several people in the West Bank village of Dura overnight Monday in connection with the murder of an Israeli rabbi in a drive-by shooting attack last month.

During an operation to detain suspects in the killing of Rabbi Miki Mark last month, soldiers of the Yehuda Brigade entered the village, near Hebron, and the house where the alleged terrorist, 29-year-old Muhammad al-Fakih, hid after the attack, the army said. They arrested several of his family members.

Troops from the Kfir Brigade, along with police and Shin Bet forces, found the car that the terrorist purchased to carry out the attack, the army said in a statement.

Fakih — who went on the run after the July 1 shooting, which also wounded Mark’s wife and daughter — was killed last Wednesday in a standoff with security forces in the West Bank village of Surif, north of Hebron.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, police and army forces uncovered money that was designated for the terrorist organization Hamas in the village of Hizme west of Jerusalem, the IDF said. One suspect was arrested and taken in for interrogation.

Kalashnikov rifle confiscated by IDF in Kafr Jammal, August 2, 2016 (IDF)
Kalashnikov rifle confiscated by IDF in Kafr Jammal, August 2, 2016 (IDF)

Soldiers also confiscated two vehicles that it said were used to carry out attacks. In addition, they arrested seven people wanted in connection with terror activities.

Intelligence information led police to a weapons cache in the village of Kafr Jammal in the northwestern part of the West Bank, where they confiscated a Kashnikov rifle and ammunition. One person was arrested for possession of the weapon.

Also overnight, Palestinian residents of Nablus threw rocks and burning tires at IDF soldiers and Border Police as they escorted 24 busloads of visitors to Joseph’s Tomb near the West Bank city. The purported burial place of the patriarch is often a flashpoint for violence and in June a Palestinian was killed during riots against a visit by Jewish worshipers.

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