Israeli forces arrest Palestinian attacker's brother after raiding his home

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"The hard pictures, and the thoughts of the children who fled for shelter now dealing with the awful news - it is truly heartbreaking".

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin in a statement issued Saturday night said: "At this hard time our hearts go out to the bereaved family in Halamish, and to all the community there, after the incomprehensible loss they have endured last night".

"This is an act of terror perpetrated by a beastly person, based in unfathomable hatred", he said in a statement released by his bureau.

President Reuven Rivlin reached out Saturday night to the relatives of the Solomon family, after a 19-year-old Arab terrorist broke into their home in Halamish, stabbing to death Yosef Solomon, 70 and two of his children - Chaya, 46 and Elad, 36 - and gravely wounding his wife Tova, who remains hospitalized in serious condition post-surgery.

Medics evacuate an Israeli woman who was injured during a knife attack in the Jewish settlement of Neve Tsuf at the West Bank, at a hospital in Jerusalem July 21, 2017.

Al-Abed, who was eliminated on the scene by an IDF solder on leave, had been active in a Hamas-affiliated student organization at the Al-Quds University.

Following the attack, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Alabed's home will be swiftly demolished, in line with Israeli policy. Meanwhile the intruder stabbed four members of the family.

Friday saw riots around the Old City and the Jerusalem area in response to Israel's installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound.

Movement of Palestinians from his village was also restricted by Israeli security services. We will fight terrorism mercilessly and without compromise.

Katz, an internal political rival of the Prime Minister, said in a statement that someone convicted of terror offences by a military court can theoretically be sentenced to death if the Cabinet decides to push for the punishment.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered on Friday to sever ties with Israel until it reverses its decision regarding the security measures at the Temple Mount.

Saturday's raid took place amid increased tensions in the West Bank over Israel's tightening grip on the al-Aqsa Mosque and the security measures around it.

There has been growing concern that the crisis could spark a new wave of violence, or intifada (uprising).

Omar al-Abed's Facebook page includes many references to al-Aqsa and Hamas.

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