Israel kills Palestinian blamed for West Bank ambush

Jan 20, 2018, 05:26
Israel kills Palestinian blamed for West Bank ambush

Israeli media initially identified the man killed as a local member of the Islamic militant Hamas group by the name of Ahmed Jarrar.

Israel has not yet released the identity of the terrorist who was killed overnight. It was discovered about 120 meters inside Israel near Kissufim, about six meters below ground, as tunnelers burrowed towards the surface looking to build an exit, the Israeli military said.

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But on Thursday, Jarrar's family issued a statement that their son was alive, and the Palestinian Health Ministry later corrected itself to say that Ahmad Ismail Muhammad Jarrar, 31, was the slain Palestinian. Two other homes belonging to Ahmed's uncles were also demolished and a third was damaged, family members said.

During the raid, Palestinians in Jenin threw explosives and rocks and shot at the Israeli troops, who used riot dispersal measures, including live fire, according to the IDF. The two wounded policemen have been taken to an undisclosed hospital.

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Israel had launched a manhunt for the killers of Rabbi Raziel Shevah, 35, who was shot multiple times from a passing vehicle as he drove in the West Bank last week.

In his turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his army and said that he blesses the operation, asserting that anyone who tries to target Israel citizens will be presented to judiciary. "We will reach terrorists everywhere". "The Jenin cell is not the first and will not be the last, and the criminal security coordination will not prevent the resistance from standing in the way of the Trump decision and for the preservation of Al Quds (Jerusalem)", the terror group said.

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Meanwhile in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Qunbu and Salah Jaradat from Jenin, Ahmad Jamal Qawwas, 26, from Qalqiliya and Ahmad Rayeq Zakarneh from Jericho.