IDF troops arrest further suspected accomplices of Barkan terrorist

idf soldier men
idf soldier men

Ashraf Na’alowa remains a fugitive after the killing of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi on October 7 at a factory in the West Bank industrial zone

IDF troops operating in the West Bank arrested a number of individuals overnight Thursday suspected of aiding the escaped terrorist who killed two Israelis at the Barkan Industrial Zone earlier this month.

Earlier this week, Israeli security forces arrested a number of Palestinian suspects in the northern West Bank who were believed to have aided fugitive terrorist Ashraf Na’alowa.

Undercover troops from the IDF, Israel Police and Shin Bet security service conducted raids in the West Bank city of Tulkarem and town of Danaba — close to the site of the Barkan attack and the suspect’s home village of Shuweika.

During one of the arrests in Danaba, of a man believed to have given Na’alowa food and shelter during his escape, Israeli troops opened fire at the suspect’s house, causing no injuries, the army said.
Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, a Palestinian man suspected of carrying out a deadly terror attack on October 7, 2018 in the Barkan Industrial Zone in the northern West Bank.

The suspect was arrested and, along with the others, handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

In total, Israeli troops arrested 16 Palestinian suspects in overnight raids across the West Bank, the army said.

Na’alowa has been on the run since brutally killing Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi on October 7 at the factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone where he was employed. A third Israeli, Sara Vaturi, was wounded in the attack.

Several members of Na’alowa’s family have been detained or arrested following the attack. The Israeli military has issued a number of warnings to Palestinians in the northern West Bank not to assist Na’alowa.
Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29 (left), and Ziv Hajbi, 35, who were killed in a terror shooting in the Barkan industrial zone in the West Bank, October 7, 2018

estigation of the attack to determine, among other things, how the gun was smuggled into the industrial park and whether the terrorist had intended to take Levengrond Yehezkel hostage, having used zip-ties to bind her hands before shooting her.

Levengrond Yehezkel was a secretary while Hajbi worked in accounting at the Alon Group’s factory in the industrial park. Na’alowa was employed there as an electrician.

The army has said Na’alowa had no history of terrorist activities and was not tied to any terror groups, though several of them applauded his actions.