IDF forces carried out an overnight raid at the home of the Arab teen-terrorist Ahmed Ghazal, who stabbed three Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, the army said in a statement.
Ghazal, from the Arab village of Sebastia, had stabbed two Israeli youth before running into a residential building to hide. He then stabbed a Border Police officer before being shot and eliminated. All victims suffered light-to-moderate wounds, and the two civilians were released from the hospital late Saturday night.
The terrorist, who posted pictures of himself visiting the Dome of the Rock moments before the attack, was celebrated as “martyr” by Hamas-affiliated social media accounts shortly after his death, calling his actions “heroic.”
Since the beginning of the latest wave of Muslim terrorism to hit Israel in October 2015, numerous attacks by Hamas terrorists have been thwarted.
Security forces have stepped up their preparedness ahead of the Passover holidays, deploying extra forces to areas such as Jerusalem’s Old City, as there is often an uptick in Arab terrorism during major Jewish holidays.
Last week, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman warned the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the current calm in violence is “deceiving” and that Hamas and other organized terror cells will try to carry out attacks over the Passover holiday.
Over the month of March, several Hamas cells planning or responsible for extensive terror activity in the region have been broken up by Israeli security forces who have carried out near nightly raids in an effort to bring down the number of attacks.
IDF forces also sealed a bookstore in Shechem overnight Sunday that had been used by a Hamas terror cell to manufacture explosives and “inciting materials.”
In addition, the IDF arrested five Arab terrorists overnight in Judea and Samaria, who were wanted for involvement in terror and violent disorders directed at Israelis.