Israeli security sources have reportedly arrested the mother of Yehiya Ayash, a wanted member of the Islamic fundamentalist Hamas group who is suspected of masterminding a series of suicide terror bombings against Israelis.
Army Radio cited Palestinian sources who said the arrest was made in an effort to get Ayash – known as “The Engineer” for his expertise with explosive – to turn himself in to Israeli authorities.
Members of Ayash’s family said the mother was detained when security forces raided their home in the West Bank village of Rafat.
There was no official Israel confirmation of the report.
Meanwhile in the West Bank town of Nablus, Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians.
The shootings took place separate incidents when stone-throwing Palestinians confronted the Israeli forces.
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