Israel's military prosecutor to charge family members of Halamish attacker
Israel’s military prosecutor is expected to press charges against five family members of the terrorist who who killed three members of the same family, and seriously injured one other in a deadly stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on July 21, the army announced on Tuesday.
The initial investigations suggest the family members knew about the attack shortly before it happened.
The move comes two days after Israel detained two relatives of the terrorist. The two unidentified individuals were arrested in the Palestinian village of Kobar on suspicion that they knew of the attacker Omar al-Abed’s plans in advance, and were taken for questioning.
The day after the attack, Israeli security forces arrested al-Abed's brother and mapped the family home in preparation for demolition. His mother was later arrested on suspicion of incitement. According to a statement from Israeli security forces, she made recent statements calling for Jews to be attacked.
Omar al-Abed entered a house on a Friday evening in the Jewish settlement of Halamish and stabbed four members of a family as they as they sat down to a traditional Sabbath dinner to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild in the family.
Yosef Salomon, 70, Chaya Salomon, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, a grandfather and his two adult children, died of their wounds.
Tova Salomon, 68, the wife and mother of the deceased, was seriously injured.
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