Security forces arrest Fatah-Tanzim operative on suspicion of shooting attacks

July 23, 2015 17:49


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Security forces announced on Thursday the arrest of a Fatah-Tanzim operative on suspicion of carrying out shooting attacks against the army in the West Bank in May 2014. There were no injuries in the attacks.

The suspect, born in 1990 and a resident of Nablus, evaded arrest by Israel, though he had in the past year spent time in "defensive custody" in a Palestinian Authority prison, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency said.

The suspect, named as Mustafa Abu Riala, violated the terms of his arrests, leaving the prison gates, and the PA ignored warnings by Israel to secure his custody, the Shin Bet added.

Riala was spotted on Thursday at his home, and upon seeing Israeli security forces, attempted to flee, before resisting arrest. He was injured in the process, the Shin Bet said, and is currently in Israeli custody.

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