Chevron Sharpshooter Brothers Hauled in by Shin Bet

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General view of Me'aras Hamachpelah and Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hevron. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
General view of Me’aras Hamachpelah and the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Chevron. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A terror gang that targeted IDF soldiers, police and Israeli citizens in the Chevron area was captured in recent days, the Shin Bet cleared for publication Monday afternoon. The gang, which carried out numerous shooting attacks in the Chevron area, was led by two brothers from the city who had received training as sharpshooters.

The pair had carried out numerous shooting attacks in recent months in the Chevron area. They were captured in a joint operation by the IDF, police and the Shin Bet. The Shin Bet did not immediately announce if they were responsible for the murder of any Israelis.

They were arrested several weeks ago, and under questioning provided interrogators with the location of several weapons they used in the attacks. One of the weapons was an upgraded automatic weapon, with changes made to it that are usually associated with professional sharpshooters. That weapon was stored in a mosque in Chevron.

(Shin Bet)
One of the weapons caught was an upgraded automatic weapon. (Shin Bet)

It is not clear if the brothers were among Palestinian Authority police who learned sharpshooting techniques as part of a program sponsored by the U.S. in Jordan, under the leadership of U.S. Army General Keith Dayton.