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Israel nabs Palestinian allegedly behind killing of elite soldier

Israeli soldiers [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation authorities today announced the arrest of a Palestinian they claim is responsible for the killing of an elite soldier last month.

Aslam Yussef Abu Hamid was detained during an early morning raid of Al-Am'ari refugee camp near Ramallah.

According to the Shin Bet, Abu Hamid dropped a marble slab on Israeli occupation forces during a 24 May raid on the camp, killing Duvdevan unit member Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky.

At the time, Israeli occupation authorities said the soldiers had been unable to identify who had thrown the chunk of marble from a nearby rooftop.

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According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, it was "during his interrogation by the Shin Bet" that "it became clear" Abu Hamid "had thrown the slab".

The paper added that "Abu Hamid's interrogation continues, and the rest of the details of the investigation remain under gag order".

Israeli occupation forces routinely conduct violent raids in Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Detainees are interrogated incommunicado and subjected to torture.

Lubarsky's family welcomed the news of the arrest, with his brother telling the media: "The intelligence operations were very complex because it's a refugee camp, but I always believed in the Shin Bet that they would find him."

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