IDF reinforcements sent to Hevron in wake of murders

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Friday ordered the military to send reinforcements to Hevron area just hours after an arab terrorist shot and murdered an Israeli civilian and his son and wounded two others, along with four children treated for shock at the scene and evacuated to hospital.

Ya’alon made the decision following consultations with the army high command and other defense chiefs, including IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) director Yoram Cohen, Military Intelligence head Herzi Halevi, and the coordinator of government activities in the territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

This is the second time in the last two months that the IDF has beefed up its forces in Jerusalem and Judea-Samaria. In early October, just after the murderer of Na’ama and Eitam Henkin near Itamar, the army sent more troops to the area.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences and said: “We will reach the despicable murderers and we will bring them to justice, as we have in the past.”

Islamist terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised and welcomed the murders and celebrated offering candies to passersby.