Palestinians asked to exit their homes
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Scene of Dimona attack
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IDF raids Dimona bomber's home in Hebron

Soldiers once again pay visit to suicide bomber Mohammed Herbawi family's house in West Bank where they confiscate cell phone and pictures; terrorist's smother praises her son's actions, his sister suffers heart attack

IDF forces raided the home of the one of the perpetrators of the suicide bombing in Dimona, Mohammad Herbawi, in Hebron on Wednesday.


The neighborhood of the West Bank town where the raid was carried out is considered a Hamas stronghold.


The soldiers searched the home and questioned neighboring residents. They ordered Palestinian Authority forces in the area to remain inside their headquarters during the operation.

Palestinian detained for questioning in Hebron (Photo: AFP)


Three Palestinians were injured in clashes that took place in the area after the IDF responded to stone-throwing with tear gas and rubber bullets.


Herbawi 's sister suffered a heart attack during the ordeal.


The troops confiscated Herbawi's cell phone and some of his pictures from the house.


The bomber's mother told the Palestinian press on Wednesday that that she was proud of her son and happy that he joined the lot of other heroic martyrs.


Palestinian sources reported that the soldiers called on residents of neighboring buildings to go outside and questioned some of them. The soldiers exited the town at nightfall.


This is not the first raid of the Herbawi residence. Almost immediately after the attack in Dimona, the IDF arrested the father and brother of the bomber as well as the parents of the second bomber, Shadi Zghayer.


Military officials said that the action was relatively small in scope. They added that Hebron has been quiet in recent months.


Hebron residents knew that Herbawi and Zghayer were Hamas members, but most of the residents were surprised to discover that the two were the suicide bombers who carried out the attack which killed one woman and injured dozens.


A city resident told Ynet that the two were not known to be members of the organization's military wing, although Herbawi's brother, Muazat, is jailed in Israel for his membership in Hamas.


Herbawi's relative said that he had left the house on Monday morning and told his mother that he would contact her.


Efrat Weiss and Roni Sofer contributed to the story


פרסום ראשון: 02.06.08, 22:16
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