Palestinian Authority security forces arrested over two hundred Hamas-affiliated suspects in the Hebron area overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, on suspicion of connection with a shooting attack in Kiryat Arba which left four Israelis hours earlier.The Hamas members were being investigated by the PA forces in an effort to locate suspects in the shooting attacks.
The investigations were being carried out independently, and Israelis security forces were also investigating potential leads.
Speaking in response to the attack on Tuesday night Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he “condemns all acts that target Palestinian and Israeli civilians.” Abbas said that the attack in the Hebron attack was designed to “disrupt the peace process. and can’t be regarded as an act of resistance.”
The four victims, described by a settler spokesman as a couple and two hitchhikers – were driving on Route 60 near the entrance to Kiryat Arba when their vehicle came under fire. The victims were named as Yitzhak Ames, 47, and his wife Tali Ames, 45, Kochava Even-Haim, 37, and Avishai Schindler, 24, all from Beit Hagai. The Ames couple had six children, including a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler.