IDF arrests terrorists who murdered 17-year-old Rina Shnerb

Rina Shnerb, 17, was murdered by a remotely detonated bomb as she walked on a trail to a spring with her father and brother.

By World Israel News 

The IDF has arrested three terrorists who were responsible for the death of Rina Shnerb in August. All three of them live in the Ramallah area and are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Samer Mina Salim Arbid, 44, had been heavily involved in preparing explosives to be used in the Second Intifada against Israel in the early 2000s. He was the one who set up and activated the bomb that killed Rina.

Kassem a-Karim Ragah Shabli, 25, provided the explosives and assisted in the assembly of the bomb, and Yazen Hassin Hassni Mjames, 25, took part in the logistics and execution of the detonation.

In response to the capture, the Shnerb family said that “throughout the entire process we had full confidence in the security forces and we thank them for the effort invested in catching the killers.”

“We call on the government to provide full security to every traveler and on the nation of Israel to continue to live, to travel and to add good throughout our land,” they added.

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Rina was murdered by a remotely detonated bomb as she walked on a trail to a spring with her father and brother on August, 23rd. Rina’s father, Rabbi Eitan Shnerb, 46, was lightly injured in the attack, and his son Dvir, 19, more seriously.

Rabbi Shnerb remembers all the events surrounding the attack. He said he checked with the Israeli Army to see if it would be OK to go to Danny’s Spring. (He said the family never took “unnecessary chances” and would always get permission before entering any place where security might be an issue.)

After receiving the go-ahead, they started down to the spring, named after Danny Gonen, another Lod resident who was killed there in a terrorist attack in 2015.

He remembers the mine going off. “Everything went black. Dvir shouts to me and I shout to Rina.”

“But I saw her down. I looked at her and saw right away that she wasn’t alive,” he said.

“Dvir had wounds in every part of his body. I said to Dvir and also to myself we’ll emerge from this strong. With God’s help, we won’t give in to despair.”

“Dvir said contact Magen David Adom and tell them we’re here, that we’re injured. He said, ‘Don’t tell mom.’ Then he started to lose consciousness.”

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“Rina saved us all. She died a hero’s death. She took it all,” he said. “Her face was whole and calm. I gave her a kiss and said, “We’ll take care to be strong.”