World news | Killer of two Israeli soldiers free after initially surrendering to Palestinian police

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Tel-Aviv [Israel]June 3 (ANI/TPS): A terrorist who surrendered to Palestinian Authority police after killing two Israeli soldiers is now free, the Israeli press service can confirm.

Abed Rauf Shteyeh, a 30-year-old resident of Shechem (Nablus), rammed his car into 20-year-old Staff Sgt. Eliya Hilel and 20-year-old Staff Sgt. Diego Shvisha Harsaj near the entrance to Itamar on May 29.

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“He was not actually extradited to Israel and is behaving as expected,” a senior Israel Defense Forces officer told TPS-IL. “We will get our hands on him soon, either alive in handcuffs or in a coffin.”

An aide to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and a Palestinian security official confirmed to TPS-IL that they saw Shteyeh in the police building in Shechem the night after the attack, but police officers told him and his family that they could not take him in or guarantee his safety and ordered him to surrender to the Israel Defense Forces.

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Due to the sensitivity of the situation, Shteyeh and his family went to the building of the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service. The Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service is commanded by Colonel Majid Faraj, who is also responsible for security coordination with Israel.

Shteyeh's family and local police agreed that the police would not take him in, but the family refused to extradite him to Israel. Shteyeh then reportedly left the General Intelligence building and went into hiding.

He has not been seen since.

A Palestinian official told TPS-IL that the Palestinian Authority is reluctant to accept anyone who turns himself in. He said Ramallah fears Israeli reprisals and the possibility that Israel could exploit these incidents to undermine the PA.

Since October 7, Israeli security forces have arrested around 4,000 Palestinian terror suspects in Judea and Samaria, 1,700 of whom are linked to Hamas. (ANI/TPS)

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