'Significant Progress' Made in Probe Into West Bank Shooting That Killed Israeli Couple

Dozens of Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in West Bank amid Shin Bet arrest raids.

Ofer Vaknin

The Shin Bet has made "significant progress" in its investigation into the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in a West Bank terror attack on Thursday, a member of the security agency said Saturday.

According to the Shin Bet, a number of Palestinians from Nablus were arrested overnight Friday, but the details of the investigation are under gag-order. The attack took place on a West Bank road between the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar, near the Palestinian village of Furik, just east of Nablus. 

Haaretz

Sources close to the prime minister said that the "IDF has beefed up its forces on the ground and the prime minister has instructed the defense and transportation ministers to advance building bypass roads to increase security," an aide to the prime minister said. "Building the road in Nebi Alias will begin in the next few days."

Meanwhile, Palestinians sources reported Saturday that dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank over the weekend.

Soldiers hold a position in a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015, as they search for the suspected Palestinian killers of a Jewish settler couple.
AFP

Most of the casualties have been shot with live bullets and rubber-coated bullets while others required treatment after inhaling smoke, the reports said. The Red Crescent in the Nablus district reported 14 casualties, eight of them wounded by live bullets. One woman had been shot in the stomach, while the rest were shot in their lower body. The wounded people were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.

The most violent clashes took place in the villages of Hawara and Borin south of Nablus. Soldiers clashed with Palestinian residents also in the Ramallah area, Jalazone refugee camp, Hebron and Salfit, as well as in Shuafat and Isawiya neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

AFP

Senior Palestinian officials were concerned over the escalation, which they said could lead to a wider conflict. Youngsters from Fatah told Haaretz over the weekend that many of them had taken to the streets spontaneously, without coordination or instructions from their leadership.

"It was a spontaneous action, reflecting anger and frustration over the situation," one youngster said. "This is definitely a message both to Israel and the Palestinian Authority's leadership."