Joint Israeli-Palestinian police force searches for suspect in Negev
Published Thursday 17/04/2014 (updated) 19/04/2014 19:32
BEERSHEBA (Ma'an) -- A joint Israeli and Palestinian police forces surrounded an area in the southern Israeli city of Hurah on Thursday in pursuit of a suspected murderer who had escaped from the southern West Bank after a weekend killing but failed to find the suspect, Israeli police said.
Members of the Palestinian and Israeli police forces surrounded an area in pursuit of a suspect in the Bedouin town of Hurah in the Negev, after Palestinian police officers were allowed for what is reportedly the first time ever in joining Israeli police to hunt for a suspect.
A police helicopter was used in a wide-scale hunting operation in the northern Negev and south Hebron hills, although officers had still not found the suspect late Thursday.
Sources told Ma'an that despite a 48-hour closure of the West Bank due to Passover holidays, Palestinian police officers were allowed into Israel and worked side by side with Israeli officers in complete liaison.
The suspect was reportedly involved in the murder of a 16-year-old girl and attempted murder of her 20-year-old sister in the southern West Bank town of As-Samu south of Hebron over the weekend.
16-year-old girl Safaa Salamin was found dead in a field near As-Samu and her sister Maysara, 20, was in critical condition as of Sunday evening.