IDF arrests family members of suspects behind Monday's terrorist attacks

Security source confirms relatives of Gush Etzion attacker arrested; Palestinian media reports that family members of Tel Aviv attacker also arrested.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 11, 2014 09:47
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IDF soldiers in Nablus

IDF soldiers patrol in Nablus [file]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The IDF has arrested several family members of two Palestinian terrorists who carried out separate attacks on Monday that led to the deaths of two Israelis and left several others badly wounded, according to Palestinian media reports on Tuesday.

In the Askar refugee camp near Nablus, security forces detained the father and three brothers of Noor Aladin Abu Hashiya, the terrorist who committed the stabbing attack in Tel Aviv that led to the death of IDF soldier Almog Shiloni.

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According to the report, IDF forces also conducted searches in the family's house. Various members of the family reportedly evacuated the house in fear that it would later be demolished by Israeli forces.

In addition, a security source confirmed that relatives of Mahar Hamadi Hashalamun, the Hebron resident who murdered an Israeli woman and injured two Israelis in a terror attack in Gush Etzion on Monday, have been arrested. Palestinian media reported that the IDF arrested the brother and brother-in-law of Hashalamun. Searches of Hashalamun's residence were also reportedly conducted.

Both suspected terrorists were being treated in Israeli hospitals following their arrests.

Security forces found Hashiya on the roof of a building on Tel Aviv's Levanda Street. Following his arrest, Israeli emergency workers evacuated him to Ichilov Hospital at Sourasky Medical Center for treatment.

A guard stationed at the entrance to the Alon Shvut settlement in Gush Etzion, where Lamkus was killed, shot and seriously wounded Hashalamun. The Islamic Jihad member was being treated at Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein Kerem, along with at least one victim of the West Bank attack.



Ben Hartman contributed to this report.


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