IDF forces raided a house in Burqin, on the outskirts of Jenin, on Saturday morning in search of the Muslim terrorist Ahmad Nassr Jarrar, who headed the terror cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevah near Havat Gilad some three weeks ago.
Arabs reported heavy IDF presence and said soldiers, using loudspeakers, called for the surrender of Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, the leader of the terror cell that shot and murdered 35-year-old father of six Rabbi Raziel Shevach on January 9, as he drove on a highway near his home in Havat Gilad.
In addition to encircling the house in Burqin, violent Muslim riots broke out as forces blocked accessways to two nearby villages.
According to Arab sources, four terrorists were arrested during the raid on Burqin, two of them members of the Jarrar clan of Muslim terrorists.
After leaving Burqin, the Israeli forces moved to the nearby the Arab village, where they also encircled a house, but left after having questioned the residents.
Rabbi Raziel Shevah was murdered in early January in a drive-by shooting terror attack near Havat Gilad, where he resided.
After the murder, IDF troops spent over 12 hours in Jenin in search of Jarrar. During operations in the city, two fighters from the Border Police’s counter-terrorism unit Yamam were wounded in a firefight that resulted in the elimination of another terrorist, Ahmad Ismail Jarrar, who it was later transpired was not the head of the terror cell.
Another terrorist was arrested, and several additional terrorists were detained for questioning. Initial interrogation already pointed to ideological affiliation of the cell’s members to Hamas.
During the raid, Israeli security forces demolished the cell leader’s home as well as an adjacent home that belonged to his uncle. A third house was reportedly demolished, while a fourth was damaged, both belonging to the extended Jarrar family.
After initially believing the cell leader was killed in the house demolition and buried under the rubble, the IDF revised its conclusions after the Arabs did not find a body inside the building.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the terrorist responsible for Rabbi Raziel Shevah’s murder “should know he is currently living the life of a fleeing dog. He is living on borrowed time.”
Over the past two weeks, Israeli security forces continued carrying out covert and overt operations to locate the terrorist, which included searching through homes and detaining terrorists with ties to him for questioning.