An exchange of gunfire took place as IDF, ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) and Yomam forces arrived to arrest wanted terrorists Marwan Kawasmeh and Omar Abu-Eisha of Hebron. The two abducted and murdered the three kedoshim in June, Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar HY”D. The incident occurred during the night and it was cleared for publication on Tuesday morning 28 Elul.
The ISA obtained information as to their hideout, the area in the Hebron district were the two were hiding from security forces. When the Yomam commando force arrived, the terrorists opened fire at the force.
“Operation Brothers Return ended this morning after the two terrorists who perpetrated the abduction and murders were killed in a combined ISA, Yomam, and Duvdevan operation in Hebron” stated the Yehuda and Shomron Division Commander Brigadier-General Tamir Yedai. “Since June 12th we have been hunting them down, Marwan Kawasmeh and Omer Abu-Eisha. This has been a long and complex operation. We arrived at the building they were holed up at about 01:00. We surrounded the building in which they were hiding”.
It is explained that one of them is dead and security forces believe the second is dead as well. Walla News adds that it is difficult to identify the victim due to the condition of the body. Yedai stated “We should know soon”.
The senior commander added the building in which they were hiding is located near the hospital in the northern area of Hebron. The ground floor houses a bakery and a shoe store. One flight down is a carpentry facility. The intelligence report provided the elite units with specific information as to the location of the two wanted terrorists.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)