Palestinian Teens Held for Stabbing Israeli Soldiers Last Month

Two soldiers were wounded in the attack at Har Bracha; Shin Bet says additional terror cell discovered.

AN IDF guard post at Har Bracha.
Daniel Bar On

Israeli security forces have arrested four Palestinians, three of them minors, on suspicion of planning and perpetrating attacks at the Har Bracha settlement near Nablus.

Two of the suspects, aged 15, are suspected of stabbing soldiers at the military position near the settlement a month ago. Both are from the village of Arak Burin, and were arrested by the Shin Bet and police last month.

The Shin Bet says both teens admitted under questioning that they stabbed the troops with the aim of dying "as martyrs." They revealed the involvement of another minor, aged 14, who also is said to have admitted to having a role in the attack.

None of the suspects has as yet been indicted.

The attack occurred at the start of last month. Two soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded. Two commanding officers were dismissed afterwards and a third was suspended from duties for a year after it turned out that the soldiers who were attacked had left their weapons behind at the outpost, after having disarmed despite being on guard duty.

The Shin Bet said it had exposed yet another ring of suspects that planned attacks, including the abduction of a settler from Har Bracha, and have arrested two adult suspects in the case.

A 30-year-old man Palestinian man from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is suspected of plotting to carry out an abduction. He also prepared a hideout.

The other suspect, 25, has been identified as a member of Hamas. He is suspected of plotting to stab soldiers and seize their weapons so he could perpetrate a shooting.

Indictments are being drawn up against both these adult suspects.