Third Suspect in Murders of 3 Youth Arrested

July 6, 2014

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IDF soldiers arrested on Saturday a former member of Hamas who is believed to be an accomplice to the two terrorist murderers responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12.

Husam Dofsh, who was arrested in Hebron, was reported missing from his home since the night of the abduction. Israeli intelligence officials released Dofsh’s name and picture on Friday to the public.

Shortly after the information was released, Dofsh called the Walla! news desk and claimed that he was in his home and had no connection with the kidnappings. Forces apprehended Dofsh at a coffee shop in Hebron soon after the call. He was reportedly watching the World Cup.

The IDF raided Dofsh’s family home several times since the kidnappings and notified the family that he was wanted for questioning. Despite knowing he was wanted by the IDF, Dofsh was never at home during the raids and refused to turn himself in.


“I did not turn myself in because I did not do anything wrong,” Dofsh reportedly stated after his arrest. “I saw online, and people also told me, that I was tied to the mess, but I did not kidnap and didn’t anything. I just want to continue my life.”

Dofsh has deep ties with the Hamas terror organization. In 2008 he was sentenced to four years in prison on terrorism related charges. Two of Dufash’s family members are known to have been involved with terror attacks and attempts. In 2003, one of his family members, Jihad Dufash, was killed in what Hamas calls a “work accident” while working in a hidden explosives lab in Hebron.

Marwan Kawasmeh (Photo: ISA)
Marwan Kawasmeh (Photo: ISA)

The two main suspects behind the murders, Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha, have been missing from their homes in Hebron since the kidnappings took place. The IDF has set out on a massive manhunt to track down and arrest the two perpetrators.

Investigators last week revealed that Kawasmeh and Abu-Eisha purposely left behind this phones and prepared food caches in their homes on the night of the kidnappings. Each suspect opened a new bank account under the name of their wives right before the abductions took place.

Amar Abi-Eisha (Photo: ISA)
Amar Abi-Eisha (Photo: ISA)

A recording released by the Shin Bet of a last-minute effort by one of the teens to alert authorities of their kidnapping reveals how the two abductors cheered over their murder of the teens.

In the recording, one of them is heard relating over the phone their deed, cluing in Israeli investigators to an outside accomplice.

One of the kidnappers is heard shouting “Three!” in Arabic as he and his accomplice sing and cheer happily.

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