Spokesman Yoav Mordechai of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, Thursday evening, that Khaled Mahamrah, who was arrested by members of the IDF's Lavi battalion during the afternoon in the southern Hevron Hills village of Yatta, dealt in money used by terror organizations. Mahamrah was released a few months ago, along with more than a thousand others, in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit, who was abducted almost six years ago by Hamas and its allies in Gaza.
Zakaria Abu-Aram was wounded and arrested after he and another terrorist rushed soldiers at the front of Mahamrah's house. Abu-Aram allegedly stabbed one of the soldiers in the throat with a paper cutter. The soldier was taken to Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital, where his wounds were described as moderate. The other attacker was shot to death. It was reported earlier that the stabber was shot to death and another Arab wounded. Brigadier General Mordechai said that the force acted correctly.