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Two suspects arrested after Israeli Independence Day attack leaves three dead


Police had beforehand recognized the suspects as Assad Yussef Assad Al-Rafa’i, 19, and Subhi Imad Subhi Abu Shakir, 20.

They’re each residents of the village of Romana in Jenin province, in keeping with a police assertion Friday.

The arrests got here after a manhunt involving helicopters, street blocks and automobile checkpoints.

The three males killed within the attack died on the scene and have been buried Friday following an enormous funeral procession, the Israeli rescue service Zaka Tel Aviv mentioned.

The Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service named them as Oren Ben Yiftach, a father of six; Yonatan Habakkuk, a father of 5; and Boaz Gol, a father of 5. All have been of their 40s, the MDA mentioned earlier.

Three males injured within the attack at the moment are in secure situation, the hospitals treating them mentioned Sunday.

The 2 sufferers at Beilinson Hospital are ventilated and anesthetized, the medical heart mentioned, describing their situation as “critical however secure.” There isn’t any change within the standing of the injured 20-year-old on the Sheba medical heart, the hospital mentioned, saying he was “secure however vital with extreme head accidents from an axe.”

Elad, the place the attack occurred, is a quiet, small and largely non secular metropolis in central Israel not removed from Ben Gurion Worldwide airport.

The attack marked the most recent in a collection of violent incidents which have put Israel and the Palestinian territories on edge in current weeks.

Israelis take part in the funeral service of Yonatan Havakuk and Boaz Gol who were killed in the attack.

Dozens have died within the violence in Israel and the West Financial institution since March 22, in keeping with a CNN depend.

In a press release, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned Thursday’s attack, and supplied his condolences to the households affected.

“Our enemies have launched into a murderous marketing campaign towards Jews wherever they’re. Their objective is to interrupt our spirit; however they may fail. We are going to get our palms on the terrorists and their supportive setting, and guarantee they pay the worth,” Bennett mentioned within the assertion.

Five people shot dead near Tel Aviv, the third attack in Israel in a week

Israel confirmed it’ll hold Gaza and the West Financial institution sealed not less than by Monday following the attack, extending closures already in place for Israeli holidays.

The Israeli Protection Forces mentioned Palestinians residing in these territories would solely be allowed to enter Israel with prior permission on a humanitarian foundation, below particular circumstances or for medical causes.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas additionally condemned Thursday’s violence, his workplace mentioned in a press release.

“The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians solely results in an extra deterioration of the scenario at a time once we all try to realize stability and stop escalation,” Abbas mentioned within the assertion.

Abbas warned towards Jewish settlers utilizing the incident as an excuse “to hold out assaults and reactions towards our Palestinian folks.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish mourners encircle a man overcome with grief following the attack.

He added that the “lasting, complete and simply peace is the shortest and finest means to supply safety and stability for the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and the peoples of the area.”

Late Thursday, Palestinian militant teams in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, praised the suspected terror attack, with out explicitly taking credit score for it.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum linked the attack to clashes at Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque compound.

Solely Muslims are allowed to go to the holy website, known as the Temple Mount by Jews and Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary by Muslims, over the past 10 days of Ramadan every year. Teams of Israeli Jews started visiting once more on Thursday.

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler and Jorge Engels contributed reporting.

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