Shin Bet Nabs Killer of Staff Sgt. Lubersky

Photo by Ehud Amiton/TPS on March 21, 2017

Shin Bet Nabs Killer of Staff Sgt. Lubersky

Written by TPS on June 13, 2018


A 32-year-old Palestinian from the al-Ama’ari refugee camp  near Ramallah has been arrested as a suspect in the death of IDF soldier Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubersky on May 24th, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Wednesday.

Islam Yussef Abu Hamid  was arrested following an intelligence operation led by the Shin Bet that revealed that he had thrown a marble slab thrown from a roof of a building that hit Lubersky on the head causing him critical injuries, which he died of a day later. Lubersky was taking part in a search and arrest operation with the Duvdevan commando unit, when the incident occured. Duvdevan soldiers took part in the raid in which Abu Hamid was seized.

Abu Hamid previously served time in prison in Israel between 2004-2009 after taking part in a shooting attack perpetrated by a Hamas cell. Four of Abu Hamid ‘s siblings are Hamas operatives who are currently serving life sentences for terrorist attacks in which Israelis were killed, including Shin Bet agent Noam Cohen, and three people killed in a shooting attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv in 2002.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted following the arrest “no abominable terrorist will escape the hands of the security forces.”

Abu Hamid’s interrogation was ongoing, the Shin Bet said, and all further details are subject to a gag order.


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