The Israeli Defense Forces detained two Palestinians on Wednesday accused of being responsible for the gunshot attack earlier this week that claimed the life of Israeli-American Elan Ganeles.
According to the IDF, soldiers detained the suspects while conducting operations in the Jordan Valley’s Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, which is near the scene of the murder.
According to the IDF, a third Palestinian with the alleged gunmen was shot as he tried to run and was arrested.
The operation resulted in the confiscation of weapons.
The suspects were given over to Shin Bet, the Israeli security service, to be questioned.
After Monday’s attack, the attackers escaped. At some moment, they set their car on fire and continued on foot towards Jericho, under the Palestinian Authority’s control.
After the operation on Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant declared, “Every terrorist should be aware of Israel’s military establishment—we will get our hands on them.
On Wednesday afternoon, a funeral service for Ganeles was held in Ra’anana.
He was our family’s greatest blessing. At the funeral, Elan’s mother, Carolyn, remarked, “He wanted so badly to explore the world and all its elements. “Our loss is for the entire world—of such a beautiful, shining, new star.”
From July 2016 through August 2018, Connecticut native Ganeles served in the Israel Defense Forces.
While residing in Manhattan, he was visiting the Jewish state for a friend’s wedding.
Hours before Ganeles was killed, Hallel and Yagel Yaniv, brothers killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Samaria the day before, had been laid to rest on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
While Hallel, 21, and Yagel, 19, were traveling through the nearby town of Huwara, they were shot at point-blank range.