Palestinians say 60 arrested in Itamar slaying aftermath (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF 03/29/11)
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The IDF carried out a large arrest operation in the West Bank town of
Awarta overnight Monday, Israel Radio reported, quoting Palestinian
Awarta is near the settlement of Itamar, where five members of one
family were murdered earlier this month in a stabbing attack.
According to Awarta Deputy Council Head Kayas Awad, more than 60
residents of the town were arrested in the operation overnight
Monday, bringing the total number of residents from the town in
Israeli custody to around 100 people, according to the report.
The IDF had no comment at the time of this report.
Following the Itamar massacre earlier this month, the army stepped up
its presence in nearby Awarta, going door-to-door in search of
OC Central Command Maj.- Gen. Avi Mizrachi visited the village to
oversee the IDF’s work two days after the attack. The military
refused to officially comment on the ongoing operations but many
soldiers were seen inside the village.
Soldiers and border policemen rounded up several dozen Palestinians
from villages near Itamar in an effort to identify and apprehend the
people who murdered Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children.
Military sources had said they were confident the army would capture
the killers within days.
Also in the days after the murders, over 100 hundred settlers from
Itamar made their way to Awarta and threw stones at homes,
Palestinian news agency Ma´an reported.
In an apparent revenge attack for the murder of the Fogel family,
more than a dozen masked settlers approached the village in what
appeared to be a demonstration, Ma´an reported.
According to the report, two Awarta residents were injured as they
attempted to drive away the settlers. Yaakov Katz and Ben Hartman
contributed to this report. (© 1995 - 2011 The Jerusalem Post.
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