After Deadly Shooting, IDF Closes in on West Bank Town

Army declares West Bank town of Yatta a closed military zone and plans to make arrests, interrogate assailants' family members, reports say.

Police officers at the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016.
Jack Guez, AFP

Israeli military forces are preparing to carry out arrests in the West Bank near Hebron following a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Palestinian media reported overnight Thursday.

The Two Palestinian gunmen who were behind the attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, in which four Israelis were killed and six others were wounded, were reportedly members of the same family from the West Bank town of Yatta, in the Southern Hebron Hills.

Palestinian media reports said that Israeli security forces have declared the area of the town of Yatta, a closed military zone. The forces were surrounding the town and preparing to carry out arrests and interrogate family members of the two attackers, according to the reports.

The two Palestinians who carried out the attack in Tel Aviv were apprehended shortly after the shooting. One of the two was wounded in the chase and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police said earlier that the two assailants had no criminal record and that they have entered Israel illegally.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport from Moscow soon after the shooting, called a security briefing with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police chief Roni Alsheich, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman and other officials.