Israeli troops detain suspects in West Bank in hunt for killers

Li Jiayao

JERUSALEM, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli troops apprehended several additional suspects for investigation in hunt for the killers of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in the West Bank village of Burqin on Saturday.

Over the past weekend and the past few hours, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and the Border Police forces have apprehended several additional suspects for investigation, according to a statement made by the IDF on Saturday evening.

The investigation of the attack and operational activities in the village of Burqin, West of Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp, are ongoing, added the statement.

Israeli media reported that troops arrested four people during the raid, including two members of the Jarrar family. On January 23, Israeli troops arrested Jarrar's brother Suhaib Nassar Jarrar.

Israeli media quoted Palestinian media outlets as reporting that Israeli forces were threatening to demolish the homes if the owners did not turn over Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, the suspected leader of the terror cell that shot and killed 35-year-old father of six Rabbi Raziel Shevach on January 9, as he drove on a highway near his home in the khavat Gil'ad outpost.

The IDF statement said that during the activity several riots were instigated and security forces responded with riot dispersal means.

Israeli media also quoted Palestinian media as saying that several of the youths were injured in subsequent clashes, adding that the IDF had placed a curfew on the village.

A report regarding five injured Palestinians was received and is being looked into, said the Israeli army.

Since the lethal shooting terror attack near Khavat Gil'ad on January 9th, the IDF and ISA forces have been conducting an investigation regarding the attack, the terrorists and the people assisting them.

Over the past month, several Palestinians have been arrested for being suspected of assisting the terrorists who committed the attack, according to the IDF statement.


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