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Israel arrests Palestinian over killing of Israeli woman

February 10, 2019 at 12:38 pm

An Israeli border police arrests a Palestinian man, seen on October 15, 2014 [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]

Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian man on Saturday suspected of killing an Israeli woman found dead two days ago in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, police said. Also on that day, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including a 14 year old child.

The Israeli Shin Bet internal security service and police said in a statement that the 29-year-old Palestinian suspect was seized over the killing of the 19-year-old woman during a raid in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Shin Bet said the suspect left his home in the Palestinian city of Hebron carrying a knife, saw the victim in the forest and killed her. It was still investigating the motive.

Palestinian authorities did not immediately comment.

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Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said he viewed it as a terrorist attack. “We’re talking about a wide phenomenon of terrorism we’re dealing with here,” he told Reshet TV.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014 and a bid by US President Donald Trump to restart negotiations has so far shown little progress.