The police arrested eight residents of Jerusalem's Old City suspected of failing to intervene in Sunday's fatal stabbing attack near the entrance to Temple Mount, the city's police spokesman said Tuesday.
Those arrested, residents and market vendors between ages 15-67, were brought in for questioning to the police station on a charge of failing to prevent a crime, which is considered a misdemeanor in Israel.
Two of those arrested were released after being questioned. Six of them will stand for a hearing on the case Tuesday.
“The Israel Police will complete the investigation and bring to justice those who could have prevented or limited the attack, which may well have saved the life of the victim,” the police said.
The police investigation into the stabing has concluded definitively that the attack was an act of terror. The victim of the attack was identified early Sunday as Adiel Coleman, a married father of four children from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. The assailant, 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the West Bank village of Aqraba, was shot and killed at the scene.
The police have deployed additional forces in both West and East Jerusalem, as well as in the Old City, with the goal of preventing terror attacks against innocent people, the police said. “The quick, immediate and firm response by the police officers in every incident is the result of the operational preparations throughout the entire Jerusalem sector,” the statement read.
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