IDF Raids Suicide Bomber's Home

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CBNNews.com - On Wednesday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers returned to the home of Muhammad al-Harbawi, one of the two Palestinian suicide bombers in Monday's attack in Dimona.

On the day of the attack, IDF soldiers arrested al-Harbawi's father and brother and the parents of Shadi al-Sa'ir, the second suicide bomber.

Both Harbawi and al-Sa'ir hailed from the PA-controlled city of Hebron, from a neighborhood known as a Hamas stronghold.

On Wednesday, IDF troops ordered Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in Hebron to remain inside their headquarters while they responded to rock throwers with tear gas and rubber bullets. Three Palestinians were injured in the confrontation.

Soldiers searched Harbawi's home, confiscated his cell phone and questioned neighbors.

On the same day, his 42-year-old mother, Basma, told the Palestinian press she was proud that her son had martyred himself, joining other "heroes of the resistance."

"He told me he was going to prayers and asked me to close the door behind him," his mother said. "When I heard of the bombing in Israel and he was late coming home from prayer, I understood something was amiss, but I did not believe it was him," she said.

"About 3:00 in the afternoon [of the bombing], the army raided our home and arrested his father and older brother. They wanted to know where he slept and where his bed was, where he went and what he had done in recent days," she said.

But when the Fatah-affiliated al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing, Harbawi's mother expected him to return.

"After all, they ran the video of the 'testaments' of the two from the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades from Gaza," she said, adding that this was the first time he'd left home without telling them where he was going.

Not long afterward, Gaza-based Hamas operatives identified the two suicide bombers.

At that point, the families of 20-year-old Muhammad Harbawi, a printing press worker, and Shadi al-Sa'ir, 20, who worked in a plastics factory, knew they would not be coming home.

Sources: YNet news service, Haaretz

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