by: Elisha Ben Kimon, Yoav Zitun ~ Ynetnews
Thursday, 29 September 2022 | The Israeli police and military on Wednesday released footage from a deadly shootout between Israeli forces and Palestinian terrorists in the northern West Bank [Judea and Samaria] city of Jenin in which at least four Palestinian gunmen were killed and several others were wounded.
During the firefight Wednesday morning, which was recorded both by soldiers’ helmet cameras and by an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] drone, the terrorists used explosive charges against the forces and tried to escape.
According to the military, one of the terrorists, Abed Hazem—the brother of a slain terrorist who killed three [people] in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv last April—and his accomplices planned “significant attacks against Israel in the near future.”
The other suspects were identified as Muhammed Alownah, who was responsible for a series of shooting attacks against Israelis in the West Bank with Hazem; Ahmed Alawneh, a member of the Palestinian Authority [PA] security apparatus; and Muhammad Abu Na’asa.
The troops also seized an M-16 automatic rifle that belonged to one of the gunmen.
Senior Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh, who is next in line to head the PA after [current PA President Mahmoud] Abbas, dubbed the IDF operation in Jenin a “major crime.”
“The Israeli government bears responsibility for these crimes and their consequences,” he said. “We call on the international community to take responsibility and protect the Palestinian people.”
The fierce fighting ended with no casualties on the Israeli side.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi held a special situation assessment at the Central Command in Jerusalem following the morning raid and subsequent unrest across several locations throughout the West Bank.
“This morning we carried out another complex operation in Jenin, which was carried out with determination and professionalism, and which purpose was to thwart a concrete threat,” he said.
Earlier, the IDF reported two separate shooting incidents on the West Bank, [one] outside Nablus and [the other] near Jenin. The military also arrested three men suspected of terror activity in separate raids.
Posted on September 29, 2022
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