NABLUS – Troops searching a West Bank house for a wanted Hamas gunman found his sister hiding his gun in her underpants, the army said, adding that it would consider renewing strip-searches among Palestinian women when searching and screening for potential terrorists.
The soldiers in the Balata refugee camp, a terrorist hotbed, found the gunman inside his house and ordered him to surrender his weapon. He refused, saying he didn’t have it. After questioning, they found the man’s sister had hidden it her underwear.
Troops then arrested the Hamas terrorist. They also found a gun holster and bullets inside the building.
An army spokesman said the incident raises serious questions about the need to search Palestinian women, mainly at checkpoints.
“Until now we have gone easy on women,” a spokesman said. “Perhaps we need to reconsider that policy.”