Suspects in Fogel, Itamar massacre_311.
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The main suspects in the Fogel family slayings are Hakim Maazan Niad Awad, 18,
and Amjad Mahmed Fauzi Awad, 19.
Hakim Awad was arrested on April 5. He
is a high school student who has been linked by security forces to the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine group in Awarta.
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In October 2010,
Hakim stabbed a number of youths during a personal dispute, the IDF said. His
father, Maazan, is a PFLP member who served five years in a Palestinian
Authority prison in the late 1990s for the murder of a female cousin and the
burning of her body.
Hakim’s uncle, Jibril Awad, was a PFLP member who
transported a terrorist to Itamar in 2002. In that attack, Rahel Shabu, three of
her three sons, and resident Yosef Twitto were shot and killed.
Jibril Awad was killed in a firefight with the IDF.
Amjad Awad was
arrested on April 10. Also a student, he is from the same clan as Hakim Awad but
is not directly related. Amjad has links with the PFLP, according to security
sources, and worked in Israel for a period of time.
are also under arrest.
Salah Aladin Salim Awad, 31, from Awarta, is a
PFLP member and Hakim’s uncle.
He is suspected of helping the suspects
cover their tracks after the killings, telling them to burn their blood-soaked
clothes and sending firearms they stole from Itamar to a friend in
Jad Avid, 31, from Ramallah, is suspected of hiding the
firearms after receiving them from Salah Awad. He was arrested in his home and
the firearms were seized by the IDF.
Maazan Niad Awad, 43, from Awarta,
is Hakim’s father and a PFLP member.
Mahmed Saeed Awad, 26, is a PFLP
member in Awarta to whom the suspects turned with a request to procure firearms
ahead of the Itamar attacks.