On Saturday, April 30, Israeli security forces arrested the suspects in a deadly attack the previous day in the northern occupied West Bank, police said in a statement. Two attackers, on Friday evening, shot an Israeli guard who was on duty by shooting at one of the entrances to the Ariel settlement (north), which led to his death.
The army announced that the two suspects were arrested while carrying their weapons in the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, northwest of Ariel.
After the guard was shot, the attackers fled by car, and Israeli forces immediately launched a manhunt to find them.
No terrorist escapes from us, and we will not settle our accounts with him (…) Together we will win »Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement after announcing the arrest of the two suspects.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack, today, Saturday. she It was implemented in response to the violations committed by the occupying government in Jerusalem., the group writes in a press release. Referring to clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians that left nearly 300 Palestinians injured for two weeks in and around Mosque Square in East Jerusalem, a sector of the Israeli-occupied and annexed holy city. Esplanade des Mosques is the third holiest site in Islam, and the holiest in Judaism is the Temple Mount.
The hunt in the northern West Bank
During these clashes, the occupation police deployed in the square they controlled, and again entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque and threw tear gas, which led to the condemnation of the Palestinians and other Muslim countries. The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), who holds power in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, waved
threatening saturday with ‘Great battle’ Against Israel in a new state “Attacks” The Israeli occupation forces in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Between Friday evening and Saturday, reinforced Israeli security forces embarked on a manhunt operation in the northern West Bank to find suspects in the attack on Ariel. Soldiers arrested and seized weapons, including in the Palestinian village of Burqin, west of Ariel, and in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, according to the army. Palestinian Yahya Adwan, in his twenties, was shot dead Friday and Saturday night during one of these searches, in the town of Azzun, twenty kilometers from Ariel.
Clashes erupted after his funeral on Saturday in Azzun between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that three Palestinians who sustained gunshot wounds to the legs were taken to hospital. The Israeli army reported ‘violent riot’Dozens of Palestinians attacked the soldiers, threw stones at them, and burned tires.
The death of the guard in the West Bank brings to fifteen the number of people killed in attacks against Israel since March 22. Between March 22 and April 7, 14 people were killed in attacks inside Israeli territory. Meanwhile, the Israeli army carried out several operations in the West Bank that were punctuated by bloody clashes. A total of twenty-seven Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs were killed, among them the attackers.
About 475,000 Israelis live in the West Bank in settlements that are considered illegal under international law. More than 2.8 million Palestinians live in this area.