Israel Arrests Palestinian Security Official Said to Be Prominent West Bank Arms Dealer

Israeli forces also detain 10 Palestinians suspected of abetting the drive-by shooting that killed Rabbi Michael Mark in Otniel last month.

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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.
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. Credit: AFP
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

The Israel Defense Forces arrested a member of the Palestinian security forces on Monday night that the Shin Bet security service considers one of the top arms producers and weapons dealers in Nablus.

As well as detaining Mahayob Kanaza, the IDF also arrested 10 Palestinians in the Dura area near Hebron. They are suspected of abetting the drive-by shooting that killed Rabbi Michael Mark in Otniel last month. Among those arrested are relatives of the chief suspect in Rabbi Mark’s death and people suspected of arms trading.

The suspect, Mohammed Fakieh, a 29-year-old resident of Hebron, was killed last week during a raid by Israeli commandos on the house in which he was hiding, in the town of Zarif.

The army reported that when Israeli forces raided the home, Fakieh opened fire at them. It said that after an exchange of fire, a bulldozer demolished the house, killing the suspect.

According to the IDF, it also arrested three Palestinians suspected of abetting Fakieh during the operation, among them a member of the Palestinian security forces who is suspected of driving the car during the attack in Otniel.

On Sunday, security forces found six pipe bombs at the Trans-Samaria Crossing in the car of an Israeli citizen en route from the West Bank, prompting the closure of the Trans-Samaria Highway for about an hour.

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