IDF Surrounding House of Barkan Factory Terrorist, Palestinians Report

Reports say Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, 23, was not home when Israeli troops arrived. Na'alwa is suspected of killing two Israelis in a shooting at a West Bank factory in October

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Arrests in Shuwaykah village in October, 2018.
Arrests in Shuwaykah village in October, 2018.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

Israeli military surrounded Wednesday the home of Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting attack in a West Bank factory in October, Palestinians reported. Israeli soldiers called on him to turn himself in, according to the reports, and are currently interrogating his family members.

It seems that Na'alwa was not at home during the IDF operation. Since the attack, Na'alwa has been on the run and it is thought that he has been receiving support from various sources who helped him escape.

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On Tuesday, IDF Central Command Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan issued a demolition order for the building's basement and ground floor. Na'alwa's family has until Sunday to appeal the decision at the High Court of Justice.

Na'alwa, a 23-year old from the West Bank village of Shuwaykah, worked at Alon recycling plant, where the attack took place. He killed two Israelis and wounded a third at the factory in the Barkan industrial zone on October 7.

The two victims were identified as Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, 29, both married with children. A third casualty, a 54-year-old woman, was hospitalized in moderate condition. Before carrying out the deadly shooting, Na'alwa gave a coworker a note in which he said he planned to commit suicide and praised late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

A manhunt has been underway ever since. Security forces raided Na'alwa's home right after the attack, interrogated his relatives and arrested the assailant's brother and sister, along with several other people from the village.