30 More Arrested Overnight, Two from Shalit Deal
Operation Brothers' Keeper, the search for three abducted yeshiva students, has entered its seventh day. The IDF continued to carry out arrests of Hamas members and other terrorists. There is still no sign of the condition or whereabouts of the three boys, Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha'ar.
A senior IDF officer said that about 100 locations in the Hevron area were searched overnight and about 30 Palestinian Arabs were arrested, two of whom are terrorists who were released in the Shalit deal in 2011.
A total of 53 of the terrorists released in the Shalit deal have been rearrested since the operation began. Whoever will be found to have violated the terms of his pardon will be brought before a military judge – unless he had been sentenced by a civilian judge – and can expect to go back to serving his original sentence.
Over 300 Palestinians, most of the from Hamas, have been arrested in Operation Brothers' Keeper.
The senior officer said that there is more resistance to the IDF operation now than when it began, and that two firebombs were hurled at the forces in the Jenin refugee camp. There were also some clashes in Bir Zeit and Bethlehem, with no casualties.
In Gaza, the Israeli Air Force attacked five Hamas locations in response to rocket attacks emanating from the territory.