Police arrest 2 more in Haifa soldier attack (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 02/28/12)
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Police arrested two additional suspects in Haifa for the brutal
assault of two off duty soldiers near a hospital in the seaside city,
bringing the total number of arrests to nine.
Police have requested from a Haifa court to extend the remand of the
suspects, who were described as Arab-Israeli men in their 20s.
The arrests come after the Haifa Magistrate´s Court ruled in favor of
extending the remands of six other suspects on Sunday, when the
seventh suspect was also arrested.
The men stand accused of attacking the soldiers, who were dressed in
civilian clothing at the time, just outside the Rambam Medical Center
in an incident a judge presiding over the case compared to the 2000
beating to death of two IDF soldiers in Ramallah.
Although the suspects claimed during questioning that the attack was
a case of mistaken identity, the police representative to the court
argued that the attack bore hallmarks of a nationalistically
During questioning at a Haifa police station last Sunday, the
suspects denied targeting Jews, saying that rocks had been thrown at
their home adjacent to the Rambam Medical Center, and that they had
set out to see who was behind the attack.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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