Israeli forces arrest suspected killers of Jewish settlement guard | Israel
Israeli forces on Saturday arrested the suspected killers of a Jewish settlement guard shot dead in an attack in the West Bank claimed by a Palestinian armed group that has linked it to violence in Jerusalem.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, one of the main militant groups active in the Israeli-occupied territory, claimed responsibility for the shooting which, along with the killing of a Palestinian, ended a deadly Friday marked by Clashes at the Jerusalem powder keg al- Aqsa Mosque complex.
The Israeli army said the guard was on duty at the entrance to the Ariel settlement on Friday evening when the attackers opened fire, fatally wounding him.
He was later identified as 23-year-old Vyacheslav Golev.
“After intense intelligence and operations activity by the [domestic security agency] Shin Bet, police special forces and the military, two suspects were arrested tonight,” police said after a day of manhunts.
The armed couple were arrested in the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, northwest of Ariel, the army said.
“No terrorist will escape us,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said after news of the suspects’ capture was announced.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Twitter that “the State of Israel has always defeated terrorism and will do whatever it takes…to defeat it today as well.”
The group that claimed responsibility for the attack is the armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah faction.
“We claim responsibility for the heroic operation in the settlement of Ariel in which a Zionist officer was killed, in response to violations committed by the occupation government in Jerusalem,” the group said.
The army said it had strengthened its presence in the West Bank, with security forces making arrests and seizing weapons in Bruqin, west of Ariel, and in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said a Palestinian man was shot dead on Friday night during an Israeli army operation in the northern West Bank town of Azzun, 20 km from the Israeli settlement. ‘Ariel.
An army spokesman told AFP that the operation was linked to tracking down Ariel’s attackers.
Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the man as 27-year-old Yahya Adwan.
Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashed after Adwan’s funeral on Saturday, with the Red Crescent saying three Palestinians were shot in the legs with live ammunition.
The Israeli army said “dozens of Palestinians rioted violently near the town of Azzun” and attacked soldiers “who responded with riot dispersal means and live fire.”
The violence in the West Bank came after 42 people were injured in clashes on Friday between Palestinians and Israeli police at the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque, a site revered by Muslims and Jews, the Red Crescent said. Palestinian.
The unrest came on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan and brought the number of Palestinians injured over a two-week period to nearly 300 in clashes at the site.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War from the West Bank, then annexed, in a move unrecognized by most of the international community .
Israel has since built settlements in the West Bank that are considered illegal under international law but are home to around 475,000 Israelis.
The violence in East Jerusalem has raised fears of another armed conflict similar to an 11-day war last year between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza, sparked in part by similar unrest in al-Aqsa.
Hamas warned on Saturday of attacks on synagogues and a “big battle” if Israeli forces carried out another raid on al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Whoever makes the decision to repeat this scene [of a deployment inside the mosque] will take the decision to destroy thousands of synagogues around the world,” said Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Al-Aqsa’s tensions have followed broader violence since March 22 in Israel and the West Bank.
Thirteen Israelis, including an Arab-Israeli policeman, and two Ukrainians were killed in separate attacks, including two in the Tel Aviv area.
A total of 27 Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs died during the same period, including bombers and people killed by Israeli security forces during operations in the West Bank.