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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Israel says it has captured suspects in a West Bank ambush

Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Key Takeaways:

  • Israel has announced the arrest of two Palestinian men accused of carrying out a deadly attack on a car carrying Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
  • According to an army statement, they also discovered the weapon used in the attack.

Yehuda Dimentman, a 25-year-old passenger, was killed, and two other occupants were injured in the shooting near a Jewish settlement in the north.

The happening comes on the heels of a recent uptick in Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

According to Israeli media, six Palestinian men were detained, including two suspected of carrying out the shooting and four others who allegedly assisted them. Meanwhile, the IDF announced on Twitter that four suspects had been apprehended.

At least two of the arrested men, according to the Israeli security service Shin Bet, are members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. As the suspects were apprehended, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted a photo of himself inside a security service control room.

In a letter to Yehuda Dimentman’s family, he said, “The pain is enormous, but terrorism will not win or will not move us from our place.”

Family and friends are in pain; Image from The Times of israel

According to the Israeli military, the victims were ambushed on Thursday as their vehicle was leaving a religious seminary in Homesh, a so-called outpost settlement built without government permission.

International law considers Israeli settlements on territory occupied since the 1967 Middle East war illegal, though Israel disputes this. Palestinians want to use the land to establish a hoped-for independent state.

Following the shooting, homes in two Palestinian villages were stoned, one was set on fire, and two residents were beaten, according to locals, in what they believe were revenge attacks by Israeli settlers.

The Gaza Strip’s ruling Palestinian militant group, Hamas, praised the shooting, calling it part of a “legitimate struggle.”

The latest shooting in a string of attacks on Israeli Jews in recent weeks.

A 14-year-old Palestinian girl was arrested last week in Jerusalem on suspicion of stabbing her Jewish neighbor. A Palestinian had stabbed a Jewish man in the street just days before being shot dead by Border Police.

A Hamas gunman killed an Israeli and injured three others in Jerusalem’s Old City last month before being shot dead.

Source: BBC News

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