Palestinian held in woman’s death
JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Saturday that they arrested a Palestinian suspect in the killing of a young Israeli woman, as thousands of people in Gaza buried two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire a day earlier in protests along the perimeter fence.
The police said Arafat Arpaya, 29, was arrested in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, but originally comes from the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The police did not say when the arrest took place and said the motive for the killing was still under investigation.
The stabbed body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the woods in the West Bank near Jerusalem on Thursday. She was buried Friday in the Israeli settlement of Tekoa.
In the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, thousands of mourners attended the funerals of the Palestinian teenagers.
The mother of 14-year-old Hassan Shalabi wailed as mourners took his body on a stretcher for a final farewell at their home in the Nusseirat refugee camp.
The two teenagers were standing 160-200 feet from the fence at separate protests when they were shot by Israeli forces, according to rights group al-Mezan.
In Gaza City, mourners buried Hamza Ishtiwi. The Health Ministry put his age at 18, but al-Mezan said he was 17.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers have organized mass demonstrations along the frontier every Friday since March, in part to protest against the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory imposed when the Islamic militant group seized power in 2007. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and thousands have been wounded.