Israel Arrests PA Security Officers over 2011 Settler Death

Israeli forces detained three PA security officers overnight Tuesday accused of being involved in the 2011 death of a settler in Nablus, locals said.

Israeli military vehicles raided the Tubas village of Tammun and detained Sergent Nawwaf Fahd Bani Audah, 25, after ransacking his home.

Local village youths threw rocks at the Israeli forces, witnesses said.

Salih Hamid was detained in Ramallah and Wael Dawood in the Qalqiliya district.

The three men had recently been released from Palestinian Authority custody after serving a year in jail for causing the death of a settler in Nablus.

In 2011, settler Ben-Yosef Livnat, 24, was shot dead and four others injured by PA security forces after trying to enter Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus without coordinating with Palestinian or Israeli security officials.

Israeli security officials speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that an initial investigation showed the settlers had tried to bypass a Palestinian patrol in a parked jeep, prompting the police to fire first in the air and then open fire on their vehicles.

Palestinian officials refused to hand over the security officers involved in the incident to Israeli custody after the incident, and they served prison time in PA custody.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.net)

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