IDF raids terror suspects homes in Hebron, kills 2

Soldiers besiege suspects, storm structures with heavy weapons, killing 2 and arresting several others alleged to be members of Hamas terror cell.

Soldier patrols in Hebron 311 (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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.
RELATED:Israeli man, pregnant woman injured in Route 60 shootingOpinion: Finding inner peace in HebronIt 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 in 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 activity.