The suspect
Photo: Yair Shoham, Tazpit News Agency

Palestinian who hid near settlement fence arrested

Man who was crouching suspiciously in shrubbery found in possession of knife slingshot

An IDF unit has arrested a Palestinian man who was hiding near the fence of a West Bank settlement on Tuesday. He was found in possession of a knife and a slingshot.


A group of hikers alerted the authorities after noticing the man crouching in the shrubbery in the Nahal Qana nature reserve, near the Ginot Shomoron settlement, around 6:30 pm. The town's security guard detained the Palestinian until the army forces arrived.


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The suspect, 24, was questioned by security forces, who looked into the possibility he was planning to hurt hikers or residents in the area.

חמוש בסכין וברוגטקה  (צילום: יאיר שהם, סוכנות תצפית) 

Knife, slingshot found on suspect (Photo: Yair Shoham)


The Shin Bet has launched an investigation into the incident, while the IDF scoured the region for additional suspects.


Last week, a security officer from the settlement of Sha'arei Tikva, was run over by a car and killed while documenting Palestinians who entered Israel. The police believed he was hit intentionally. Witnesses said they saw the guard, Lior Farhi, running out onto the road, weapon in hand, immediately prior to being struck by the vehicle.


The suspected driver, a 25-year-old Kafr Qasim resident, was taken in for questioning. The details of the investigations have been placed under a gag order.




פרסום ראשון: 09.18.12, 21:28
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