Terrorist Stabber Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

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Israeli security forces search for a terrorist at the scene of a stabbing attack. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Israeli security forces search for a terrorist at the scene of a stabbing attack. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Nazareth Regional Court on Tuesday sentenced Tarik Yihya, a 20-year-old Arab terrorist, to 17 years in prison. Yihya, a resident of Jenin, stabbed and seriously hurt IDF soldier Dvir Cohen last year. He was charged with attempted murder, after admitting to security personnel that he had “sought out a place that was full of Jews so I could carry out a terror attack.”

Over the past year, Israel Police have confiscated 202 illegal weapons, 139 hand grenades, and 37 firebombs from residents of Arab villages in northern Israel, police said Tuesday. Other items confiscated including large amounts of ammunition, knives, molotov cocktails and much more. “Police will continue to seek out weapons and materiel as it attempts to fight crime and violence,” police said in a statement.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested seven wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.