Hizme terrorist was PA intelligence officer

Terrorist who shot two Israelis just north of Jerusalem identified as Mazen Hassan Orebeih, an officer in the PA's security services.

Ari Soffer ,

זירת הפיגוע בחיזמא, הבוקר
זירת הפיגוע בחיזמא, הבוקר
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The Arab terrorist who shot and wounded two Israelis at Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem earlier Thursday has been identified as an officer in the Palestinian Authority preventative security service.

He was named as 37-year-old Mazen Hassan Orebeih from Abu Dis neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Orebeih was killed by IDF return fire, after opening fire at the checkpoint from the direction of the Arab village of Hizme.

Hizme checkpoint is the major artery into Jerusalem from Samaria.

One of the victims was hospitalized in serious condition, while a second was lightly wounded.

Palestinian Authority officials confirmed the attacker was a member of the PA's security forces, although they did not specify his rank.