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PA arrests another suspect in shooting attack

Despite Palestinians criticism against Israel following assassination of gunmen who killed Moshe Hai in West Bank last week, security organizations continue efforts to locate those involved in incident

The Palestinian Authority has arrested a Palestinian who was allegedly involved in last Thursday's shooting attack, which left Rabbi Meir Hai killed. Ynet has learned that the Palestinian military intelligence arrested the suspect, who is considered a close friend of the three cell members.


A Palestinian security official confirmed the arrest in a conversation with Ynet, but refused to say whether the man is suspected of being personally involved in the attack or whether he was arrested as part of the PA's efforts to prevent a response to the assassination of the three Fatah cell members in Nablus on Saturday.


The PA continued its efforts over the past day to calm the Fatah members and security officials who fear that the Nablus assassination marks the end of the truce with Israel and a return to the pursuit of wanted Palestinians.


The Palestinians fear that those who were pardoned by Israel will continue to be pursued. The last Palestinian detainee is also included in the list of Palestinians pardoned by Israel.


The police forensics lab determined Sunday that one of the rifles seized from the Palestinians who were killed in Nablus was used in last week's murder of Rabbi Meir Hai.


The M-16 rifle, which belonged to Tanzim member Anan Sabah, was found to be compatible with the bullet shells found at the scene of Hai's murder. Sabah had been released from an Israeli prison as part of the amnesty deal with the Palestinian Authority in 2007, in which Israel agreed not to hunt down Palestinian gunmen who agreed to lay down their arms.


"No two weapons leave the same indentation on the ammunition," a police official said Sunday. The lab test results are admissible in court.


פרסום ראשון: 12.28.09, 00:51
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