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Two Israel soldiers killed in West Bank

From a report by The Jerusalem Post

JERUSALEM – Two Israeli Defense Force soldiers were murdered by Palestinians in separate incidents last weekend.

Sgt. Gabriel Koby, 20, was killed in a suspected sniper attack in the West Bank city of Hebron. Officials said Sgt. Koby had been on patrol in the city, which was packed with Jewish people visiting for a week-long religious festival.

On Friday, Sept. 21, Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, was lured to the West Bank by a Palestinian man and murdered. He was buried on Friday in a military cemetery in Holon.

The terror suspect, Nedal Amar, 42, told security forces he led the victim, with whom he worked in a restaurant in Bat Yam, to the West Bank, where he committed the murder in hopes of securing the release of his brother – a terrorist arrested in 2003.

After leading the soldier to an open area in the Samaria settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, near Amar’s village, Amar killed him with a blunt weapon, and hid the body in a well. Amar then led security forces to the body. Security forces said additional arrests are expected.

Amar had been working in Israel illegally. He applied to enter Israel under the family reunification law, but was rejected.

“The murder meant to free a Fatah murderer and release a soldier of [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] shows once again who our partner is,” said Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett. “We do not make peace with terrorists who throw soldiers into pits; we fight them without mercy.”

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