13 held in connection with Silwan attacks

Shin Bet arrests Jerusalem terror suspects.

June 22, 2010 03:57
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A patrol jeep near Beit Yehonatan in Jerusalem's S

silwan beit yehonatan jeep 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )

Thirteen Jerusalem Arabs have been arrested in a joint Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Police investigation – revealed to the public on Monday – into a series of terrorist attacks in the Silwan area in recent months.

Three arrests were made on May 30, in connection with an attack on a car in Silwan on March 3 in which a resident of Beit Yehonatan – a seven-story Jewish residential structure built without a permit in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem – was wounded.

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Issa Abassi, 25, Taed Fatafta, 26 and Mussa Fatafta, 24, all from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukabar, were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack.

Abassi confessed that on March 1, the Fatafta brothers opened fire on a passing car, while he carried out surveillance in the area. Taed surrendered the weapon that was allegedly used in the attack, as well as another pistol, both of which underwent forensic analysis.

In a second attack, which took place on May 2 this year, a security jeep from the City of David was attacked and one guard was injured.

Seven suspects from Silwan were arrested in connection with the incident, in which terrorists spilled oil on the road, hid with rocks and Molotov cocktails and ambushed the car.

In a March 16 attack, a police officer was injured in a shooting in Ras al-Amud.

According to confessions taken as part of the investigation, a group of local Israeli Arabs decided to perpetrate the attack during demonstrations against the reopening of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City.

Weapons were surrendered during the investigation.

Security officials noted that the arrests underlined the increasing occurrence of east Jerusalem Arab involvement in violent terrorist attacks.

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