The operation started last night and has not yet finished. The victims belonged to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Bennett: They planned terrorist acts
At least four Palestinians belonging to armed groups were killed during an operation conducted by the Israeli military in the West Bank between last night and dawn today to capture Hamas members. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported this. But the death toll could be higher. Gunfights occurred in Burqin, Jenin, Qabatiya, Kafr Dan and Kafr Bidu, near Ramallah, while security forces were hunting for elements of the Hamas cell and in some cases they are not finished yet. The media are not ruling out that rocket launches from the Strip may now take place.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad he claimed that at least one of the dead was a member of the group, while the other three would be Hamas members. The arrests and subsequent firefight were conducted across the West Bank, mainly by the military elite Duvdevan Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Israeli Police and Border Police Counter-Terrorism Units, along with the Shin Bet Security Service.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the Hamas cell was planning to carry out imminent terrorist attacks. Security forces acted tonight in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) against Hamas terrorists who were poised to carry out terrorist attacks in the near future, Bennett said in a statement while on his way to New York to address the General Assembly of United Nations. Most of the members of the armed groups were in possession of weapons and some of them opened fire against Israeli troops during the raids, the IDFs reported. IDF spokesman Ran Kochav said the military believed Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad could take revenge for the deaths and arrests of its members with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.
Hamas praised the gunmen who were killed, swearing that the blood of the martyrs of Jerusalem and Jenin at dawn today will continue to feed the revolution of our people against the Zionist occupier. Hamas also accused the Palestinian National Authority based in Ramallah for the raid. The death of today’s martyrs is the consequence of continuing security coordination with the Zionist occupation. the fruit of normalization meetings that PNA leaders held with Zionist ministers and Knesset members in Ramallah, Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanou said.
The night operation began late Saturday evening with an undercover raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, in which Duvdevan’s troops arrested one of the suspects, without resisting. Shortly after midnight, the Duvdevan unit conducted another raid in Kafr Dan, north of Jenin. Nearby Burqin there was a second shooting between Palestinian gunmen, Duvdevan troops and Israeli police counter-terrorism units. At least one of the gunmen was killed in that exchange, Kochav said. Later, the Palestinian media said the man killed was Osama Sobah, 22, and Islamic Jihad has identified him as its member. Also in the Jenin area, troops from the border police counter-terrorism unit arrested a fourth armed suspect in the city of Qabatiya without resistance, the IDF spokesman said. Finally, during a raid by the Israeli police Yamam counter-terrorism unit in the villages of Bidu and Beit Anan, near Ramallah, at least three Hamas members were killed after opening fire on Israeli troops, according to Kochav.
September 26, 2021 (change September 26, 2021 | 10:07 am)
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