Israel raids the town of a Palestinian terrorist who has killed three
Israeli forces raided the hometown of a Palestinian gunman two days after the terrorist opened fire at a crowded bar in Tel Aviv, killing three people.
Raad Hazem, 28, was killed Thursday by Israeli security forces after an eight-hour manhunt while hiding near a mosque in the Arab district of Jaffa.
The IDF said its forces moved to the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday “to investigate the possible demolition of the house.”
Demolishing terrorist safe houses is a common practice by Israel to deter future attacks, although the practice has been criticized by human rights groups.
Soldiers who came under fire during the raid killed a militant who was later identified as a member of Islamic Jihad. A second gunman from the group was also wounded.
Jenin is nominally ruled by the Palestinian Authority, but according to the Times of Israel there have recently been challenges for control from factions rival with the group and from the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad. The city has become a stronghold for militants looking to launch attacks inside Israel.
“If we’re going to clash with the terrorists anyway, I prefer it in Jenin,” Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohav told Israel Channel 13.
Kohav said he believes Hazem came through a gap in Israel’s defensive West Bank barrier that the country put up after a wave of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s. The barrier has greatly reduced terrorist attacks since its completion in 2004. Kohav ordered the Israeli military to increase defenses along the barrier as well.
With post wires