Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ‘security forces are in close pursuit of the terrorist’ who committed two attacks in the West Bank on Sunday that claimed the lives of a soldier, rabbi and left another soldier in critical condition.
“The IDF, the Shin Bet and the security forces are in close pursuit of the terrorist. This morning I gave instructions to start demolishing his house,” the prime minister said speaking at the Ariel Junction where the attack first occurred.
The announcement came following conflicting local media reports that initially suggested the 19-year-old Palestinian assailant Omar Amin Abu Laila was neutralized, but later said the army arrested two other suspects who aided him.
In a lengthy statement, Netanyahu said he gave discrete orders to begin demolishing the home of Abu Laila and to continue expanding the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Tuesday morning.
“We will demolish their homes, already gave instructions this morning, and we will continue to build as we do tomorrow morning in a very large neighborhood in Ariel, a new neighborhood,” he said.
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