Police detained a resident of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Sunday on
suspicion of shooting dead a Palestinian teenager in May.
37, was detained for questioning by detectives from the Judea and Samaria
central unit. He is suspected of shooting 16-yearold Aysar Yesser al-Zaben near
Route 60 on May 13 during a confrontation.
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The suspect, who is works as a
security guard manning the entrance to Yitzhar, told police during questioning
that stones were thrown at his vehicle but denied shooting the teenager, a
police source told The Jerusalem Post.
“We took his statement, and we
took the weapon he uses to guard Yitzhar with for forensic analysis,” the source
Police say Zaben was shot with a long-barrelled firearm, and
forensic officers will compare samples taken from the shooting scene
long-barrelled gun taken on Sunday for analysis.
“All day, a deceitful
message was plastered all over the media saying that this man was
he was in fact detained,” said Avraham Binyamin, a Yitzhar spokesman.
was unarmed during the time of the incident, and his only access to a
was when he was on guard duty. When he wasn’t on duty, he had no
Arabs claim the teenager was killed, but the IDF can’t say how the
– all of this is based on rumors.”
Police later released the suspect,
saying that he wasn’t required to be in custody for the investigation to
continue. The police source said added that the next step is to complete
comparison between forensic evidence taken from the scene and the