Israel captures Palestinian knife attack suspect: army

Israeli soldiers control cars at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus after according to the army, an Israeli reserve soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack, on October 11, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 12 October 2018
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Israel captures Palestinian knife attack suspect: army

  • Israeli forces detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and wounding a soldier.
  • A manhunt continued for a second Palestinian who shot dead two Israeli civilians.

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and wounding a soldier but a manhunt continued for a second Palestinian who shot dead two Israeli civilians, the army said Friday.
The army spokesman’s office released video it said had been taken late on Thursday showing a cuffed and blindfolded man being led by soldiers in what appears to be a military facility.
“A short while ago, the terrorist who committed the terror attack... this afternoon was caught,” regional commander Col. Sagiv Dahan said in the Hebrew-language clip.
An army spokesman told AFP that details of the suspect and his arrest were being withheld for the time being as his interrogation was still in progress.
He is suspected of stabbing and wounding an army reservist on guard at a junction near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday afternoon.
A civilian was moderately wounded from shrapnel when soldiers fired in the direction of the fleeing assailant, the army said.
The fugitive who remains on the run is suspected of killing two Israelis and wounding a third in a shooting on Sunday in the Israeli-owned industrial zone where they all worked near the northern West Bank Jewish settlement of Barkan.
“Activity continues to catch the terrorist who carried out the shooting attack at Barkan,” an army statement said in Hebrew.
The army has named the wanted man as Ashraf Naalwa, 23, from the northern West Bank village of Shuweika.
The two attack sites and Shuweika village all lie within a 32 kilometer (20 mile) radius but so far there has been no indication of any connection.
A wave of mainly lone-wolf Palestinian attacks against Israelis erupted in 2015 but it has since largely abated.


Troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah could start Tuesday, Wednesday: UN envoy Griffiths

Updated 19 February 2019
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Troop withdrawal in Yemen's Hodeidah could start Tuesday, Wednesday: UN envoy Griffiths

  • The Iranian-backed Houthi movement and Arab coalition agreed in talks in December to withdraw troops by Jan. 7
  • The UN said on Sunday that the parties had reached agreement on phase one of a troop redeployment

LONDON:  A redeployment of forces in Yemen's Hodeidah by the warring parties could start "possibly even today or tomorrow," UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Tuesday.

The Iranian-backed Houthi movement and Arab coalition agreed in talks in December to withdraw troops by Jan. 7 from the main port of Hodeidah. But the deal stalled.

The UN said on Sunday that the parties had reached agreement on phase one of a troop redeployment, with Griffiths saying the two parties in the Yemeni conflict had made "remarkable progress led by General Ollesgard."

Despite the advancement, Griffiths called on both parties to the Yemeni conflict not to miss the opportunity for peace and to reach an agreement.

He said: "I know exactly the obstacles and setbacks that will be in front of us, but we have to work on a final solution."