IDF: Fogel family murderers planned another attack
Two suspects in the killing of the five family members last March in Itamar retracted their confession, but prosecution says it has solid forensic evidence.
The two suspects in the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar last March were planning to carry out another attack, the military prosecution said Thursday.
These details were revealed as a military court ruled to extend the suspects' remand by 11 days.
After confessing to the murder, the suspects, Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad, have now changed their position and are claiming they are innocent. Yet the military prosecution said there is forensic evidence linking them to the murder, including DNA samples and fingerprints.
The two apparently were planning a similar attack following what they saw as a successful operation, but it is unclear whether they were actually going to carry out their plan.
Five members of the Fogel family were brutally stabbed to death in their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar on the night of March 11th. The murderers killed Ehud and Ruth Fogel, along with three of their young children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, 3 months old, before fleeing the scene.
Following the murder the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service made wholesale arrests in the West Bank village of Awarta. Reinforcements were also sent to Central Command to help out if violence escalates across the West Bank, particularly in areas of tension between settlers and Palestinians.