Above: (l to r) Ayal Yifrah, Gil’ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel
Head Of Terror Cell That Kidnapped And Murdered 3 Israeli Teens Captured
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Hussam Kawasme, a West Bank Palestinian man Israel says is the mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens in June, has been captured, the JTA reported based on multiple Israeli media reports.
The arrest took place more than three weeks ago but publication of it was prevented by a gag order which was only lifted tonight.
Kawasme, of Hebron, was caught as he tried to flee across the border into Jordan using a false identity obtained with the help of his family.
Kawasme reportedly admitted he was the leader of the terrorist cell that kidnapped and immediately murdered Gil’ad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Ayal Yifrah and also reportedly said the money used to stage the kidnapping and murder and buy weapons to carry it out came from Hamas in Gaza.
The teens’ bodies were buried on a plot of land near Hebrob Kawasme purchased two months before the murders.
Kawasme helped two accomplices – Kawasme’s brother, Marwan, and Omar Abu Aysha – who drove the car and murdered the teens hide from police and the IDF afterward. The two are still at large.
Marwan Kawasme is a Hamas member who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange and deported to Gaza. How he returned to the West Bank is not clear.
Hussan Dofesh, another terror cell member, was arrested a month ago in Hebron.
The kidnapping and murder of the three teens helped spark the Gaza War.