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Shin Bet, army arrest Palestinian who killed 20-year-old elite IDF soldier – Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Israel’s Security Agency and the IDF on Wednesday arrested a Palestinian man who threw a large marble slab onto IDF troops, leading to the death of a 20 year old soldier from the elite Duvdevan unit in late May.

Islam Yusuf Abu Hamid, a 32 year-old resident of the Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah, was arrested by security forces and during his interrogation by the Shin Bet it became clear that he had thrown the slab that hit Staff Sergeant Ronen Lubarsky from the roof of a nearby building.

According to the Shin Bet, Abu Hamid’s brothers are Hamas operatives who have carried out a variety of attacks in the past, including the killing of Israelis, including Shin Bet coordinator Noam Cohen.

The suspect’s interrogation continues, and the rest of the details remain under gag order.

Lubarsky, from the central Israeli city of Rehovot and a combat soldier in the elite Duvdevan commando unit, was seriously wounded when he was hit on the head by a large slab of marble during an operation aimed at arresting a terror cell involved in recent shooting attacks. 

Ronen Lubarsky Z"L. (photo credit: INGIMAGE + IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

An initial inquiry into the incident found that the elite soldier, who was part of the operation’s covering force, was hit on the head by a large slab of marble. He received initial emergency medical attention in the field and transferred to intensive care at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Karem.

A IDF official stated that Lubarsky was wearing full protective gear and standing close to one of the homes in the al-Ama’ari refugee camp in Ramallah and that his helmet was “destroyed” after he was initially hit by the slab which was thrown from a third-story rooftop.

During the operation one suspect was arrested during the operation and another two arrested Thursday evening. All suspects were taken in for questioning by Shin Bet.

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