West Bank Palestinians arrested for attack that killed Israeli couple

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several Palestinian suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of an Israeli couple in the West Bank.

The suspects were arrested in the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus early Saturday morning during a joint operation of the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, the IDF said in a statement.

Nablus is located 3 miles from the site of the shooting attack on an Israeli car that left an Israeli couple, Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, dead. Their four young children were in the car at the time of the attack.

The IDF said it has deployed four additional battalions in the West Bank to continue the search for additional suspects and to provide additional security against Palestinian violence.

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There currently is a gag order on other details of the investigation into the attack, according to the IDF.

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that eight Palestinians were detained in the raids in Nablus, and that at least ten others were wounded during the operation. The detained men were identified by Maan as Hamas affiliates.

The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, claimed responsibility for the Oct. 1 attack.

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