The IDF caught the Tapuch Junction terrorist shortly after one of his three victims, Yehuda Guetta, 19, died late Wednesday night of wounds he sustained in the Sunday evening drive-by-shooting.
“I commend the Shin Bet, the IDF and the Israel Police for their quick and determined action that brought about the capture of the heinous terrorist who murdered Yehuda Guetta of blessed memory,” a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read.
“Israel’s long arm will reach anyone who seeks to harm our citizens,” the statement added.
The attacker was identified as Muntasir Shalabi, 44, from the Palestinian town of Turmus Ayya, located 22 kilometres north of Ramallah.
Shalabi had recently returned from living in the US, according to N12. Further media reports claim that Shalabi also held a US citizenship before returning to the Palestinian territories.
Overnight Wednesday, Shalabi’s wife was detained by Israeli security forces. She was later released.
Shalabi’s 17-year-old son was detained by troops in a raid on Turmus Aiya earlier in the day.
Shalabi’s second victims, Benaya Peretz of Beit She’an, remained in very serious condition with a back wound. The third victim, 19-year-old Amichai Hala from Safed, was lightly wounded and was discharged from the hospital on Monday.
Since the Tapuach Junction attack security forces had been going house to house in Akraba and the surrounding villages and have arrested dozens of Palestinians, many of them family members of the suspect, on suspicion that they provided shelter or other support to Shalabi.
The Israeli military said troops had fired towards Palestinians hurling Molotov cocktails at them near the Palestinian village of Beita, south of Nablus.
During the clashes that followed Israeli troops shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian male, the Palestinian health ministry said.
“The troops operated to stop the suspects by firing towards them,” an Israeli military spokeswoman said, adding that the incident would be investigated.
Residents of Beita and the nearby village of Odala say there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops near the villages’ entrances the past several nights.
A second Palestinian was shot in the back during the clashes on Wednesday and was being treated in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Reuters, Tovah Lazaroff, Anna Ahronheim and Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.
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