Two fighters from the Border Police’s counter-terrorism unit Yamam were wounded overnight Wednesday during a raid in Jenin to apprehend the Muslim terror cell who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevah in a drive-by shooting attack near Havat Gilad last week.
The first terrorist was arrested at a gas station in Jenin and taken for questioning. A second terrorist, identified as Ahmed Jarrar, was spotted nearby and was eliminated in a shootout that developed with him.
After that, a manhunt began for a third terrorist who was hiding in a house. The security forces encircled the house and began demolishing it with the help of troops from the engineering unit. In the end, the terrorist was arrested.
Several additional terrorists were detained for questioning and another two houses were demolished with terrorists inside, after they refused to turn themselves in.
The two wounded troops were taken to the hospital for medical treatment. One was seriously wounded, and his condition has since become stable, while the other was lightly hurt.
A number of Muslim terrorists were also said to be wounded in the fighting, which saw terrorists firing at Israel troops as well as throwing explosives, rocks and concrete blocks at them.
During the raid, Israeli security forces demolished Jarrar’s home as well as an adjacent home that belonged to his uncle. Two additional houses were reportedly demolished, also belonging to the extended Jarrar family.
The Muslim terrorist eliminated was identified as Ahmed Nasser Jarrar, son of a Hamas leader already eliminated in 2002 by Israeli tanks at his house, after a demand for his surrender set off a gun battle.
The father, Naser Jarrar, spent time in Israeli prison on and off between the late 1980s and 1996. He was in charge of recruiting terrorists and orchestrating suicide bombings during the second intifada, including a massive planned attack on a high-rise building, which was thwarted.
He escaped an assassination attempt in early 2001 only to be injured in May of that year in a “work accident” while planting explosives, losing both of his legs and one of his hands. Despite his disability, he continued his terror activity.
Israeli forces continued operating in the Arab terror nest throughout the night, where they encountered violent rioting, with hundreds of Muslim terrorists hurling stones at the troops. IDF and Border Police forces used crowd dispersal measures against the rioters.
Early in the raid, Arab sources reported that dozens of IDF vehicles entered the city and confiscated security cameras at gas stations.
The IDF operations came on the heels of developments earlier on Wednesday in the manhunt for the terrorists who murdered last week Rabbi Raziel Shevah in a drive-by shooting attack, with fresh information indicating that they fled to Jenin, rather than Shechem which security forces originally concluded.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Border Police and Yamam forces for the raid, saying, “We will get to anyone who tries to hurt the citizens of Israel, the State of Israel will bring them to justice.”
The prime minister also sent get well wishes to the wounded troops.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also praised the troops’ actions, saying “Security forces carried out a complex and successful operation last night to capture the killers of Rabbi Raziel Shevah. I congratulate the Yamam fighters for their bravery and send get well wishes to the wounded.”
Rabbi Shevah was murdered last Tuesday evening after being shot in the neck when Muslim terrorists opened fire on his car from a moving vehicle near Havat Gilad in Samaria
Raziel worked as a mohel (who performs the circumcision of babies) and volunteered in Magen David Adom (MDA. He is survived by his wife, Yael, and their six children: Renana, 10, Naomi, 8, Miriam, 6, Malka, 5, Ovadia, 3, and Benayahu, only 10 months old.