Chief of Staff, “We won’t rest until we catch the murderers”

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The IDF (Zahal) and Israel Police are currently searching for the terrorists who murdered five members of an Israeli family in their sleep

Date: 12/03/2011, 11:40 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The IDF (Zahal) and Israel Police have been undertaking widespread searches in and around the Itamar community since one or more terrorists murdered five members of a resident family in their home. On Friday night (Mar. 11), at approximately 22:00, the terrorists broke into the community, located southeast of Nablus, entering the family’s home and stabbing its sleeping members to death. The family’s two parents were killed along with three of their children. The family’s 12-year-old daughter managed to help her six-year-old and two-year-old brothers escape, after which they called for help.

The victims were identified as Udi Fogel (36.5), his wife Ruth (35) and children Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (three months).

The five will be buried on Sunday afternoon (Mar. 13) in Jerusalem.

After the report of the attack, IDF (Zahal) forces and Israel Police sprang to the scene, the two beginning various, widespread searches in the community and surrounding areas. Over the course of the night, the Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi arrived as well. Thus far, searches have uncovered that the terrorist or terrorists were able to pass through the community’s gate without triggering its alert system.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz arrived at the family’s home the following morning saying, “We will not rest until we lay our hands on the murderers. This incident is atrocious, its perpetrators capable of beastly crimes. Its scenes are horrific, the viewer unable to really grasp what happened. We are getting continuous updates on the situation and are undertaking many intelligence and operational efforts.”

An updated report of the situation was given on Saturday afternoon at the Kirya base in the presence of the Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Head of the Israel Security Agency, Yuval Diskin, other officials in the IDF (Zahal), Israel security forces and Intelligence Corps personnel.

“This incident can only be described as utterly grave and our hearts go out to the family. The IDF (Zahal) and Israel security forces will operate quickly using every means available to catch those guilty of these abominable murders,” said Minister of Defense Barak.

Maj. Gen. Mizrahi said: “I want to express my condolences to the family and the Itamar community as well as all the communities in the Judea and Samaria region.” Mizrahi condemned the attack saying it was a “very grave attack. These heinous, cowardly murderers came in the middle of the night, killing children and a wife and father for no reason. We are pursuing the perpetrators and I believe that we will soon have our hands on them. We will settle this account with the perpetrators.”