Palestinian murder suspect found hanged in central Tel Aviv

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A Palestinian suspected of beating to death an 84-year-old Israeli woman was found hanged in the heart of Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Israeli police said.

Police had launched a massive manhunt for the suspect, 28-year-old Mousa Sarsour, after Tuesday’s murder in the town of Holon, just outside the Israeli metropolis.

“The body of a man has been found on Tel Aviv’s Bar Kokhba Street and a preliminary investigation shows that it is the body of the murder suspect,” the police said in a statement.

The body was found hanged on the corner of Bar Kochba and Dizengoff Street, a busy entertainment and shopping area, by a passerby who notified police, the officer in charge of the area said.

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Israeli media quoted police as saying his death was an apparent suicide.

They said Sarsour, from the city of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank, had entered Israel with a valid permit to work at a construction site in Holon.

Authorities have not identified his victim, who was killed with a metal pole.

In a statement late Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid described the incident as “a shocking attack by a despicable and cowardly terrorist who killed an elderly woman who could not fight back”.

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The Israeli military said it had arrested 11 suspects overnight in raids on the West Bank, including “five individuals suspected of assisting in the terror attack”.

Israel has stepped up its operations, particularly in the north of the West Bank, after a wave of attacks on Israeli targets killed 20 people, mostly Israelis, since March.

The military has conducted near-night raids on Palestinian-controlled towns and cities, leading to frequent clashes with residents.

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Dozens of Palestinians, including civilians and members of armed groups, have been killed.

Earlier this month, Israel Defense Forces Lieutenant General Aviv Kohavi said that “about 1,500 wanted people have been arrested and hundreds of attacks have been prevented” during the operations.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 when it conquered Jordan’s territory in the Six-Day War.

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