IDF Nabs Suspects in Rabbi’s Murder, Boosts West Bank Presence

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The Times of Israel reports: The Israel Defense Forces arrested several suspects in the Hebron area of the West Bank in the early hours of Saturday, as part of the hunt for those responsible for Friday’s terror attack that killed Rabbi Miki Mark.

Large numbers of troops were deployed to the area, working in parallel with Israel’s intelligence agencies, Channel 2 reported, as the defense establishment sought to track down the cell behind the shooting attack that killed the yeshiva leader and left his wife with a serious head wound. Two of their teenage children were also hurt in the attack.

The IDF has stepped up its troop presence in the West Bank, sending two battalions to help secure settlements and the main roads used by Israelis.

Amid the surge in terror, Israel on Friday placed an effective closure on Hebron and announced an immediate cut to tax funds it collects for the Palestinian Authority, saying it would deduct the amount the Palestinian leadership pays to the families of terrorists.

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