The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) questioned the relatives of Nedal
Amar, the Palestinian man who allegedly lured a young IDF soldier from
Bat Yam to the West Bank and murdered him on Friday.
Amar said he
had carried out the murder of 20-year-old Sgt. Tomer Hazan to try and
bargain for the release of his brother, Nur al-Din Amar, a Tanzim member
imprisoned in 2003 for taking part in a suicide bombing attack.
Nedal Amar was arrested on Saturday, and led security forces to the body.
Investigators were seeking to get full accounts from the suspect’s relatives, the source added.
Amar allegedly persuaded Hazan, who served in the Israel Air Force, to accompany him to his Samaria village of Beit Amin.
then murdered him in an open area with a weapon that was not a firearm
and hid his body in a well, the IDF said on Saturday. The two had worked
together at a Bat Yam restaurant.
The IDF’s Central Command is close to completing its own operational inquiry into the attack.
inquiry, which is being carried out by the Judea and Samaria Division,
is examining the army’s responses to the incident from the moment that
Hazan’s family reported him missing.
The Central Command is
continuing to stress to its soldiers the dangers of kidnappings in the
West Bank. The number of soldiers whom Military Police have caught
illegally trying to hitchhike has decreased recently, an army source
There have been over 30 kidnapping attempts against soldiers in the West Bank this year.
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