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Monday, February 26, 2007
Erez Levanon, 42 year old father of three, found murdered near Palestinian village

Settler found stabbed to death north of Hebron
Body of 42-year-old Israeli from Bat Ayin settlement found in valley near
Palestinian village of Beit Omar in West Bank, north of Hebron; security
officials say attack terror-related
Efrat Weiss YNET Latest Update: 02.26.07, 07:10 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3369657,00.html

Erez Levanon, a resident of the Bat Ayin settlement, was murdered Sunday in
a valley near the Palestinian village of Beit Omar in the West Bank, north
of Hebron. Security officials believe that the murder was terror-related.

Levanon, a 42 year-old father of three was stabbed to death not far from his
vehicle. Army forces have launched searches in the area in a bid to locate
the perpetrators.

Palestinians reported finding the body, between Bat Ayin and Beir Omar, to
the Palestinian security authorities. Security searches after suspects
focused on Beit Omar and Hirbat Sapa near the wadi.

Ruth Rafael, secretary of the settlement of Bat Ayin, told Ynet: "We tried
to track his (the victim's) last steps intensively since the afternoon
hours, to know which direction to search.

Body found covered in dirt

"Right now we are organizing first of all to help his family. We would also
like to inform his relatives, and then issue a formal announcement about the
funeral. It is still early for us to talk about him in the past tense,"
Rafael said.

Jerusalem Police have recently received warnings of possible attempts by
terror groups to carry out attacks in the capital.

Last Wednesday a 16-year-old Palestinian was caught carrying a butcher's
knife and a screwdriver in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, and a few weeks
ago Border Guard officers manning the Atarot checkpoint near Jerusalem
apprehended a Palestinian youngster who was also in possession of a knife.

Last July the body of Eliyahu Ashri, Jewish settler from Itamar, was found
in Ramallah's Tira neighborhood five days after he was kidnapped by members
of the Popular Resistance Committees.

A large IDF and Shin Bet force found the body covered in dirt.

First Published: 02.25.07, 23:40

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