Security forces nab suspected knife terrorist in Ramallah hotel

Four Hamas members arrested in Hebron.

December 8, 2015 10:08
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The Duvdevan unit of the IDF carrying out an arrest

The Duvdevan unit of the IDF carrying out an arrest. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)


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The IDF, guided by intelligence from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), raided a hotel in Ramallah overnight between Monday and Tuesday, arresting a man suspected of taking part in an attempted stabbing on October 30 at Tapuah junction.

The suspect, Bassal Abu Alia, 26, a resident of the village of Mughayir in the Binyamin region, allegedly took part in the attempted stabbing attack with another suspect, and was injured in the process.

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After the attempted stabbing, Alia was evacuated by Red Crescent paramedics to a Nablus hospital and was later transferred to a Ramallah hospital.

In the past week, the Shin Bet said, he hid out in a Ramallah hotel, trying to evade arrest by Israel. “Bassal has been transferred to Shin Bet questioning,” the agency added.

On Monday, acting on government orders, the Netzah Yehuda Haredi battalion, backed by engineering units and the Civil Administration, began mapping out the homes of three terrorists ahead of plans to demolish them. The homes include that of the second alleged perpetrator of the October 30 attack, Bassam Na’asan, who was shot dead at the scene the attack.

Elsewhere in the West Bank overnight, the IDF, Border Police, and Judea and Samaria district police arrested 21 Palestinian suspects, 16 of the on suspicion of taking part in unorganized violent incidents targeting Israelis.

Security forces arrested four Hamas members in Hebron.

In Atil, northeast of Tulkarm, security forces arrested a Hamas member, and another arrest was made in Ramin, east of Tulkarm. Arrests also occurred in Kalkilya, al-Lubban, northwest of Ramallah, Dir Abu Mashal, northwest of Ramallah, and the city of Ramallah itself. Other arrests occurred south of Bethlehem, in Dehaishe where five suspects were nabbed.

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