The house demolished by the IDF .
(photo credit: ARAB MEDIA)
The army mapped out the home of a Palestinian accused of abetting the October stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City, in which two Israelis were murdered and several wounded, ahead of its expected demolition.
Acting on government orders, the Golani Brigade’s Reconnaissance Battalion working with an Engineering Corps unit from the Efraim Brigade examined the home of Abd al-Aziz Mar’i, from the village of Karawot Bani Hassan, southeast of Kalkilya.
Mari’i “orchestrated the attack at the Lions’ Gate in which Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Cpl. Aharon Benita were murdered,” the IDF said.
On January 9, soldiers and border police demolished the home of Muhammad Shafi Halabi, the stabber, in Surda, northeast of Ramallah.
Benita’s wife and baby daughter were wounded during Halabi’s stabbing spree, before security personnel fatally shot the 19-year-old terrorist.
Many see the October 3 attack as a central catalyst for the wave of stabbings, car ramming attacks and shootings in the months that ensued.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, the Lions of Jordan Battalion and Border Police carried out searches in Tubas, northeast of Nablus, arresting two suspects with locally produced firearms and ammunition in their possession.
The pair was taken for questioning.
Additionally, security personnel; arrested 15 wanted security suspects in raids, seven of them for alleged involvement in rioting and unorganized terrorism targeting civilians and security personnel.
Arrests were made in Tulkarm, the Balata refugee camp southwest of Nablus, and the Jelazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah, as well as in the Bethlehem and Hebron areas.