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Army Seals Home of Arab Accused of Jew’s Lynching

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The army has sealed shut the home of two brothers accused of orchestrating the lynching of an Israeli when he entered a Gaza Strip refugee camp by mistake.

Yehoshua Weissbrod, 44, a gas company worker, was stoned and then shot to death in the Rafah refugee camp while on his way to a gas terminal on the border with Egypt.

More than 100 residents of the refugee camp were believed to have taken part in the stoning, believed to have inflicted fatal injuries on Weissbrod even before he was shot at close range by armed militants.

The army believes the shots were fired by Yasir Abu Samadana, leader of a local Hawks gang, affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mainstream Fatah section.

The curfew on Rafah continued Thursday, as well as a general closure of the entire Gaza Strip preventing workers from entering Israel proper.

The strip was sealed off Monday, following the murder in Tel Aviv of two Israelis by a Gaza resident whose permit to remain in Israel had expired.

Military sources said the army would reopen the strip on Sunday.

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