IDF officials were satisfied Sunday as news that the investigation into the Itamar terror attack – which saw five members of one family butchered by Palestinian terrorists – has been solved, were made public.
Hakim Mazen Awad and Amjad Mahmad Awad, residents of the Palestinian village of Awarta, were arrested in a joint security forces operation.
The two confessed, providing investigators with what sources called "one of the most shocking, cold, remorseless and detailed description," they had ever come across.
Shomron Brigade Commander Col. Nimrod Aloni told Ynet that the military will spare no effort to hunt down anyone targeting Jews: "We will not allow them to roam free," he said.
"After weeks of effort, we have managed to apprehend the Fogel family murderers. We have concluded a month-long operation, which included dozens of raid in and around Awarta. This was a joint operation by the Shin Bet and the IDF, headed by Duvdevan Unit forces, who captured the killers."
"As we know, and as last month's murder has shown, terror groups' motivation to carry our murderous attacks is raging strong. We have a difficult battle ahead of us and we will not waiver.
"We know this offers little comfort for the families, who are suffering great pain. These efforts – to catch the killers and bring them to justice – it's a small step, but it can maybe help just a little, for them to know that this murderers are no longer free," he said.
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