Palestinian with blade nabbed near Elon Moreh (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 05.04.12, 07:35)
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IDF forces called up by settlement guard after he spots suspicious
figure near settlement fence. Suspect transferred for investigation
IDF forces arrested overnight Friday a Palestinian man with a 14
centimeter blade in his possession, outside Elon Moreh settlements in
the West Bank. The suspect was transferred for investigation.
The incident occurred around 1am on Friday, when the settlement guard
spotted a suspicious figure walking near the fence and called up Kfir
Brigade soldiers, who arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect.
It is still unclear whether the man was planning to carry out a
terror attack, or break into the settlement to steal property.
Following the incident, the settlement raised its alert level and
urged residents to remain in their houses. Additional forces were
deployed at the scene and combed the area for more suspects.
Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika lauded security forces
for acting swiftly and preventing what could have been a grave
Mesika also cautioned authorities, saying that "the Israeli
government must give the IDF all the tools necessary to battle
terrorism and thwart other attempts to carry out attacks, which stem
from the anti-Semitic education given by the Palestinian Authority.
"Since removing the roadblocks, terrorists are free to smuggle arms
and blades almost uninterrupted," he added.
Meanwhile, Elon Moreh residents expressed concern following the
incident, one resident saying "we were very lucky; this could have
turned out to be ´Itamar 2´."
On Thursday, Border Guard officers arrested two Palestinians in
possession of pipe bombs and knives near Tapuach Junction. The two
were transferred for questioning. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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