IDF forces from the Menashe Territorial Brigade carried out extensive counter-terrorism operations overnight Friday in the Arab village of Barta’a, the home of Alaa Kabha, 26, the Muslim terrorist who murdered two soldiers and wounded two others in a ramming attack.
A Muslim terrorist was arrested during the operation, and troops conducted searches for hidden weapons. IDF soldiers also searches vehicles in the area’s vehicles in an effort to stop any would-be copycat terrorists.
Troops also raided the terrorist’s home, questioned members of his family and arrested his brother for further interrogation. Engineering forces mapped the terrorist’s home in preparation for its demolition.
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot arrived at the scene of the attack early Saturday morning to conduct a situation assessment.
At the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, one of the soldiers wounded in the attack, who is in serious condition, underwent a series of operations throughout the night Friday and continues fighting for life at the ICU. He has been sedated and put on life support due to suffering blunt trauma to the head.
The other wounded soldier, who is in moderate condition, also underwent a series of operations overnight Friday.
The Muslim terrorist is a former security prisoner who was released from prison in April 2017.
Following the terror attack, the Coordinator of the Government Activities in the Territories, Maj, Gen. Yoav Mordechai, on Friday ordered an immediate and broad suspension on permits for the entire family of the terrorist, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.
The suspended permits include 67 for employment in Israel, 26 trade permits, and 4 employment permits in communities, it added.