IDF map home of Ariel terrorist overnight, operate across West Bank

According to Beilinson Hospital, two of the three wounded in the Ariel terror attack are in serious but stable condition.

 Israel security forces mapped the home of the Ariel terrorist overnight after he killed three civilians on Tuesday and injured three more, November 16, 2022. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Israel security forces mapped the home of the Ariel terrorist overnight after he killed three civilians on Tuesday and injured three more, November 16, 2022.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Border Police personnel operated in the village of Hares overnight to map the home of Muhammad Murad Sami Souf who murdered three Israeli civilians and wounded an additional three in a terror attack in Ariel on Tuesday.

The mapping was carried out to examine the possibility of demolishing his home.

The victims of Souf’s attack were identified as 50-year-old Tamir Avihai, a father of six from the settlement of Kiryat Netafim; 36-year-old Michael Ledigin, a father of two who moved to Israel with his family five years ago and lived in Bat Yam; and 59-year-old Mordechai Ashkenazi, also from Bat Yam.

Ashkenazi was laid to rest in Yavne in a private funeral as the family requested. One of Ashkenazi’s friends told Ynet that it was a “respectful and modest ceremony just as Motti was in life.”

Ledigin was buried a few hours later in Bat Yam.

 Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Haris in the West Bank, following the earlier terror attack outside Ariel, on November 15, 2022. (credit: ERIK MARMOR/FLASH90) Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Haris in the West Bank, following the earlier terror attack outside Ariel, on November 15, 2022. (credit: ERIK MARMOR/FLASH90)

On Wednesday morning, Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva said that two of the wounded men, aged 40 and a 30, were in serious but stable condition, and the third person, in his 30s, is in moderate-serious condition.

Operation Break the Wave

In addition to the operation in Hares, Israeli forces arrested four wanted persons across the West Bank overnight on suspicion of involvement in terror activities.

In Nablus, two men were arrested. While the troops were there, Molotov cocktails were thrown at them, and they responded with live fire. Gunshots were also heard in the surrounding area.

In the village of Beta, IDF soldiers seized an illegally acquired gun; two more illegal M-16 submachine guns were seized in Hebron.

A suspect was arrested in Budrus, near Ramallah, and another in Beit Sira.