Two Palestinians Arrested for Assisting Seafood Market Terrorist

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Wednesday lifted a gag order on the details of the arrest of two Palestinians who helped the gunman who carried out the shooting attack at Tel Aviv's Seafood Market restaurant a little over two weeks ago. Three Israelis were killed in the attack and 15 were wounded.

After questioning the two, police revealed that the original plan was to carry out the attack in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of Jerusalem, but changed their plans due to the large number of police forces deployed in the area. They drove to Tel Aviv, therefore, and chose a restaurant at random.

The two, Mazzen Mahmoud Omar Khadi, 23, from the West Bank town of El Bireh, and Marad Nazmi Agloni, 22, from the village of Akav, also in the West Bank, were apprehended a short time after the attack, at one of the roadblocks that police set up following the shooting.

During questioning, the two admitted that they drove the gunman, Ibrahim Hasouna, from the West Bank city of Ramallah to Tel Aviv. Hasouna asked that they drop him off at in densely-populated area, and the two decided to leave him on a bridge overlooking a number of restaurants. Immediately afterward, the two began to drive back to Ramallah via Jerusalem, but were stopped by security forces on the way.

Khadi said that he had been recruited to the military wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization some four months ago, and that he took part in a failed attempt to carry out an attack in Pisgat Ze'ev, and in a failed attempt to murder a soldier who was guarding an airfield near Atarot in the Negev. He also admitted that he and fellow cell members had participated in eight shooting attacks on the West Bank settlement of Psagot.

Razek told investigators that he had been recruited for the assignment a month beforehand, but did not know the details until the day before the attack. He and Khadi met Hasouna for the first time in Ramallah on the night the attack took place.

The two received precise orders to help Hasouna infiltrate a settlement with an M-16 assault rifle and two grenades. At first they tried Pisgat Ze'ev, after seeing the large number of security forces, they consulted with their operators and instead chose to drive to Tel Aviv.