IDF expands search for terrorists as Palestinians claim settlers are retaliating

The Israeli army is still searching for the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach near Nablus last night. On Wednesday morning, the manhunt was expanded after the terrorists were not located in the searches that were conducted in the nearby Palestinian villages immediately following the attack.
Scene of the terror attack, last night Photo Credit: Magen David Adom

The IDF expanded on Wednesday the manhunt for the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach near the Havat Gilad outpost last night. The terrorists fled the scene after shooting Shevach in the neck from a moving car.

As part of the manhunt, Israeli forces surrounded and sealed off several nearby Palestinian villages late Wednesday night. The army also set up roadblocks around Nablus.  

Following the terror attack, Israel’s Channel 10 News network said that several incidents of violence against Palestinians in the area were reported. The acts were apparently carried out by Israeli residents of the area in retaliation for the terror attack. According to the report, rocks were thrown at Palestinian cars south of Nablus. The IDF said that forces had arrived at the scenes and dispersed those responsible for the violence.

In a tweet last night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended his condolences to the Shevach family. “The security forces will do everything possible to catch the evil murderer and the State of Israel will bring him to justice,” he added.

On Wednesday morning, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel’s security forces are vehemently searching for the terrorists. “I feel the heavy mourning of his wife Yael and his six children,” he said regarding the Shevach family. “I’ve instructed the heads of the Defense Ministry to provide assistance to the family and the residents of Havat Gilad.”

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