40 Muslim terrorists arrested, Hamas cells nabbed in Judea, Samaria – Manhunt continues for Givat Assaf terrorists
BREAKING: After yesterday’s shooting attack in which two IDF soldiers were murdered and others were injured, the IDF arrested 40 Muslim terrorists, including 37 Hamas terror group members, overnight in Judea and Samaria.
The terrorists were wanted for involvement in terrorism and violent disorders directed against Israeli civilians and security personnel. They were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.
The IDF and Shin Bet uncovered and arrested a cell of Muslim terrorists in the Arab city of Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem.
Directed by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, the Muslim jihadists were planning to carry out major terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, in order to murder Jews.
Knives, clubs and assault rifles along with pictures praising Hamas terrorists and terror flags were found in the homes of the arrested terrorists.
“Tonight’s series of apprehensions is the result of intelligence work that conducted by the Shin Bet and the IDF. The IDF will continue operating in order to thwart terrorism and preserve security in the area,” the IDF Spokesman’s Unit said in a statement.
Earlier on Thursday, a state official said Prime Minister and Defence Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to Hamas following the shooting attack.
“We will act against you if you launch terror out of Judea and Samaria. There will be no ceasefire in Gaza while there is fire in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said.
The IDF bolstered its troops and placed a closure on the area following the terror attack.
The closure extends to and includes the city of Ramallah. The IDF expressed concern that the shooting could lead to copycat attacks and said it was exploring the possibility of a link between the shooting and Sunday’s terror attack near Ofra.
Combat soldiers from the Netzach Yehuda Battalion in the Kfir Brigade Sergeant Yuval Mor Yosef (20), from Ashkelon and Corporal Yosef Cohen (19) from Beit Shemesh were identified as the soldiers who were murdered by Muslim terrorists in a drive-by shooting attack near Givat Assaf Junction in Binyamin.
A male IDF soldier and a civilian girl were wounded and evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem. The soldier suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is in critical condition, the hospital said.
The soldier remains in very serious condition and his life remains in danger. He underwent a complex head operation and is now hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
The girl’s condition remains serious but has stabilized, doctors said, adding that as of now, her life is no longer in danger.