The Israeli army and Internal Security Services announced they have arrested, on Monday at night, a Palestinian teen, allegedly behind the killing of a settler woman, in Otneil colony, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.Israel said a Palestinian, identified as Morad Abdullah Ed‚Äôeis, 16 years of age, was taken prisoner in Beit Amra village near Yatta, south of Hebron.
Israeli security sources said the Ed’eis ‘confessed during interrogation that he stabbed the settler woman, identified as Dafna Meir, to death.’
They added that the arrest came following an extensive joint campaign involving Israeli soldiers, police officers, special forces and the Internal Security Services.
The sources added that, in contrary to earlier reports, the Palestinian wasn‚Äôt a worker in the settlement, yet; the Israeli military and security devices are leaning towards denying Palestinian workers access to all settlements in the occupied West Bank.
In addition, Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, overnight and at dawn, more than 14 Palestinians, in several military invasions in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli military ‘manhunt’ underway for suspect in stabbing death of Israeli settler near Hebron
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:09:44, Celine Hagbard – IMEMC
The Israeli military has locked down several Palestinian villages and towns in the Hebron district Sunday, forcing all residents to remain in their homes while they conduct house-to-house searches looking for a suspect in the stabbing of an Israeli settler woman on Sunday.
The stabbing victim was part of a paramilitary settler colony known as ‘Otniel’, which was constructed in violation of international law on forcibly-seized Palestinian land.
According to the Israeli military, an unknown assailant entered the female paramilitary settler’s home and stabbed her, then fled the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital by the Israeli medical service Magen David Adom, where she succumbed to her wounds.
The woman was identified as Dofna Meir. The assailant allegedly entered her home when three of her four children were home. Meir’s fifteen year old daughter provided a description of the attacker to the Israeli military.
The girl claimed that the attacker was a Palestinian, and the military has put all the surrounding villages on lockdown as they interrogate local residents to try to determine who the attacker was.
The villagers of Khirbat al-Karmah, located north of the Israeli settlement, reported numerous violations by the Israeli military, including forced interrogations and destruction of property.
The stabbing of the Israeli settler comes just hours after a Palestinian teen was killed by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in the northern part of the West Bank for allegedly ‘wielding a knife’, although no Israeli was injured and eyewitnesses questioned the Israeli claim that the teen had a knife.
In numerous instances over the past three months, Israeli soldiers have been documented placing knives near the bodies of slain Palestinians, in an attempt to try to justify the fatal shootings of these civilians by the Israeli military.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a statement Sunday night that the person who killed Meir ‘will pay the full price for this heinous murder.’
The attack comes in the context of an increase in Israeli military invasions and attacks on Palestinians, and an increase in attacks on Israelis by Palestinian ‘lone wolf’ attackers that began on October 1st. Over 150 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military and settlers during this time period, and 21 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.
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