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Shomron Brigade Commander Col. Nimrod Aloni says capturing two Palestinians responsible for Fogel family murder example of security forces' commitment to spare no effort in hunting down anyone targeting Israelis
IDF officials were satisfied Sunday as news that the investigation into the Itamar terror attack – which saw five members of one family butchered by Palestinian terrorists – has been solved, were made public.
Hakim Mazen Awad and Amjad Mahmad Awad, residents of the Palestinian village of Awarta, were arrested in a joint security forces operation.
The two confessed, providing investigators with what sources called "one of the most shocking, cold, remorseless and detailed description," they had ever come across.
(Uploaded by idfnadesk on Apr 17, 2011 A month after members of Fogel family (parents Udi, 36 and Ruth, 35, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4 and Hadas, 3 months) were brutally murdered at their home in Itamar while they were sleeping, the Commander of IDF forces overseeing the Shomron Regional Brigade to which Itamar belongs to, announces that the IDF has caught two of the killers in the nearby Palestinian village of Awarta.Col. Nimrod Aloni also states that the motivation of terror groups in the West Bank to execute attacks against Israeli civilians is still high. IDF Spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich: "The murders of five family members including a 3 month baby constitute a crossing of all red lines. The IDF has invested in numerous operational and intelligence efforts, and has worked closely with other security bodies in order to find those responsible for this vicious murder.")
Shomron Brigade Commander Col. Nimrod Aloni told Ynet that the military will spare no effort to hunt down anyone targeting Jews: "We will not allow them to roam free," he said.
"After weeks of effort, we have managed to apprehend the Fogel family murderers. We have concluded a month-long operation, which included dozens of raid in and around Awarta. This was a joint operation by the Shin Bet and the IDF, headed by Duvdevan Unit forces, who captured the killers."
"As we know, and as last month's murder has shown, terror groups' motivation to carry our murderous attacks is raging strong. We have a difficult battle ahead of us and we will not waiver.
"We know this offers little comfort for the families, who are suffering great pain. These efforts – to catch the killers and bring them to justice – it's a small step, but it can maybe help just a little, for them to know that this murderers are no longer free," he said.
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"