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IDF captures terrorist behind Tapuah Junction shooting attack

CM 06/05/2021

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Israeli security forces have apprehended the Palestinian who carried out a drive-by shooting at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank that left one Israeli teenager dead and two injured.
The attacker, 44-year-old Muntasir Shalabi from the town of Turmus Ayya some 22 kilometers north of Ramallah, was arrested in the town of Silwad just hours after 19-year-old Yehuda Guetta died at Beilinson hospital of his wounds.
“Following intensive intelligence and operational activities by the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency], the IDF and the Israel Police, the terrorist who carried out the shooting attack at the Tapuah junction – where the late Yehuda Guetta was killed and two other Israeli civilians were injured – was arrested and detained,” the Shin Bet said in a statement, adding that forces “raided a building where the wanted man was hiding in the village of Silwad.”
He was detained for questioning by the Shin Bet.
“Security forces will continue to act resolutely against anyone who carries out a terrorist attack and against those who assist him,” the agency added.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police “for their quick and determined actions” in apprehending Shalabi. “Israel’s long arm will reach anyone who seeks to harm our citizens,” the statement added.  
Security camera footage of the attack showed an SUV driving up to the bus stop, slowing down and braking before someone inside opens fire. The video shows how people at the scene ducked for cover and the car then speeds off as troops run to the scene.

Guetta, from Jerusalem, had been shot in the head and was the most gravely injured of the three students shot in the attack. He will be buried at 11 a.m. in Jerusalem.
A second victim, 19-year-old Benaya Peretz of Beit Shean, remains in very serious condition with a back wound. The third victim, 19-year-old Amichai Hala from Safed, was lightly wounded in the attack and has been discharged from the hospital.
Though media reports had said that Shalabi was a known Hamas supporter, the Shin Bet said that he was not affiliated with any terror group. 
In the four days since the attack took place, security forces had been focusing their manhunt in the Nablus area and had closed off the village of Akraba where the car used in the attack was located. Dozens of Palestinians, many of them family members, were detained on suspicion that they had provided shelter or support to Shalabi while he was on the run.
The IDF sent reinforcements to the West Bank to take part in the search for Shalabi and out of concern that copy-cat attacks or other violence could increase.
The attack on Sunday led to several retaliatory attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their land as well as clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces.
Overnight on Wednesday, a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed in clashes with IDF troops in the village of Odala south of Nablus after being hit in the shoulder by live bullets. Identified by Palestinian media as Yusef Muhammed Odeh, he was taken to hospital in the town of Beita where he died of his wounds. Another teenager, Munther Muhammed Abdel-Rahim, was also wounded in the same clash after being struck in the back by live bullets. 
Residents of Beita and the nearby village of Odala say there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops near the entrances to the villages over the past several nights.Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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