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Four men were arrested in the West Bank on Saturday night on suspicion of receiving classified information from a soldier serving in the area.
Officers from the nationalist crimes unit of the Judea and Samaria District police make the arrests, as an extension of a case that broke earlier this month with the arrest of soldier Elad Sela from the Bat Ayin settlement in Gush Etzion.
Sela is in Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) custody on suspicion of passing on information about troop movements to “right-wing elements.” The information reportedly related to IDF plans for dealing with unauthorized construction in Judea and Samaria as well as other details related to how troops operate in the area.
There remains a gag order on the rest of the details of the case, but police said on Sunday that the four suspects arrested the previous night will be released with some restrictions after they undergo questioning.
When Sela was arrested on April 1, police said they expected an indictment to be issued against him already in the coming days.
He has yet to be charged, as he continues to undergo questioning.
The nationalist crimes unit of the police works in collaboration with the Shin Bet and deals mainly with “price tag” incidents, acts of violence and/or vandalism committed against Arabs in order to protest government policies in the settlements.