Soldier patrols in Hebron 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
IDF forces besieged several buildings in Hebron where Palestinian terror suspects were holed up inside on Friday morning, killing two of the suspects upon storming the house and arresting several others. The IDF reported no military causalities in the encounter.
Media reports that the suspects were members of Hamas's Izzadine al-Kassam terror brigades could not be confirmed at the time of this report.
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It was unclear from IDF reports whether the terror suspects attacked by the IDF on Friday were suspected participants in recent terror attacks on Israelis in the South Hebron Hills area.
In July, security forces arrested members of a Hamas terror cell
connection with the slaying of a veteran police officer during an ambush
on his van in the West Bank in June.
Several bullets struck the vehicle during the June 14 attack on Route 60
in the South Hebron Hills, piercing windows and claiming the life of
F.-Sgt. Yehoshua “Shuki” Sofer, 39, who served in the Hebron police
sub-district for 14 years and was shortly due to be married. Two
officers were wounded in the attack.
A week later, an intelligence tip enabled the Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency), the IDF and Judea and Samaria Police to jointly arrest a number
of Hamas operatives in their twenties from the village of Dir Zamat.
Some had already served prison sentences in Israel for Hamas-related