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Shin Bet detains Palestinian on suspicion of killing Israeli settler

Feb. 10, 2019 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 11:08 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, detained a Palestinian, on Saturday, who was suspected of killing an Israeli settler who was found dead in a forest between the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and the al-Walaja village in the occupied West Bank.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that Shin Bet said in a statement that Arafat Irfayia, 29, was detained for killing Ori Ansbacher, 19, who is an Israeli settler from the illegal Tuqu settlement, which was built on Palestinian-owned lands belonging to the residents of the Tuqu village, in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Shin Bet said Irfayia left his home in Hebron City, in the southern West Bank district, with a knife in his possession, and headed towards the Jerusalem district, where he saw Ansbacher and killed her on late Thursday.

Sources added that Shin Bet is still investigating the motive.

Sources mentioned that Israeli authorities described the killing as “brutal” and said that Ansbacher was stabbed “multiple times.”

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