Israeli special forces have dismantled the funeral tent of Fadi Qunbar, the man accused of being behind Sunday’s deadly truck attack in which four Israeli soldiers were killed.
The 28-year-old Palestinian came from the district of Jabel Mukaber in east Jerusalem, located near to the attack site.
Despite claims by Israel’s prime minister that he was an ISIL terrorist, a cousin of Qunbar said: “He used to go to the mosque like any other person. He had a happy life, he did not have problems. He was married with children. What happened is a normal thing, after all this is a response for what is happening at Al-Aqsa,“Mohammed Qunbar said.
At least nine suspects, including five members of Qunbar’s family were arrested overnight.
The Al-Aqsa compound, revered by both Jews and Muslims, has repeatedly been a source of tension. Palestinians accuse Israeli forces of restricting access to the site and using heavy handed tactics.