In a rare daytime operation, Israeli security forces, including IDF soldiers, Yamam counterterrorism officers, and Shin Bet operatives, raided the Old City of Shechem a little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The security forces surrounded the home of two wanted suspects from the terror cell that killed Ido Baruch, h’yd and were involved in additional attacks.
Heavy clashes broke out and a fierce hours-long gun battle ensued, with dozens of armed Palestinians on the roofs of buildings firing non-stop at Israeli security forces, and Palestinians on nearby streets hurling explosives, rocks, and other objects.
As part of the “pressure cooker” procedure used by Israeli security forces, a missile was fired at the home of the suspects and smoke was seen rising from the area. However, the terrorists refused to surrender and Israeli forces then opened massive fire at the home.
Ten terrorists were reportedly killed and 102 Palestinians were injured, seven seriously, during the operation.
B’Chasdei Hashem, no casualties or injuries were reported among Israeli forces.
The raid was carried out following information provided by the Shin Bet on the whereabouts of the two wanted Palestinians.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)