Israeli stabbed to death by terrorists near Hebron two 18 year old Muslims confess to murder of Ezra Levanon
February 26, 2007
Feb. 26, 2007 18:38
The Shin Bet released for publication Monday evening that it had captured two Palestinians who confessed to having murdered Bat Ayin settler Erez Levanon on Sunday.
Levanon, 42 and father of three, was found stabbed to death in a ravine near the settlement on Sunday evening. Hours after his body was found, the Shin Bet and the IDF, working on intelligence information, arrested two residents of the Palestinian village Beit Omar who were believed to be involved in the murder.
Suspects Mudar abu Diya and Mussa Ahlil, both 18 years old, were apprehended and during their interrogation confessed to having murdered Levanon in an act which they said was nationalistically motivated.
The two said that on Sunday they left their village with knives in their possession and attacked Levanon after he arrived in the ravine which fellow settlers he used to frequent for prayer services.
Yaki Morag, the head of security for the small town, told Army Radio in an interview that the area where Levanon was killed was fraught with dangers.
"This is a grove where we usually go to meditate. It turns out that the Arabs followed him, saw him, and took advantage of the opportunity," he said. "I would always remind him to go out armed, and I don't know if that would have helped."
Sources in the security establishment estimate that Erez Levanon, an Israeli living in Bat Ayin, near Hebron, was killed in a Palestinian terror attack, Army Radio reported on Monday morning.
Erez Levanon was stabbed to death on Sunday night and found by IDF troops after Palestinians pointed them to the area where the dead body was found.
Israeli stabbed to death near Hebron
A Jewish settler was stabbed to death Sunday near the West Bank city of Hebron, Judea and Samaria Police and settlers said.
Police said it was unclear who killed the man, and they were not ruling out a Palestinian terror attack.
Palestinian sources, however, said the attackers were two Palestinians who fled the scene soon after the attack, Channel 2 reported.
The body of the 40-year-old settler was found near the neighborhood of Bat Ayin, where the man lived, residents said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police were searching the area and were investigating whether Palestinians were responsible.
The Hebron area is an especially tense part of the West Bank.
About 500 Jewish settlers live in the city and and some of the surrounding settlements, including Bat Ayin