The three terrorists who wounded six at a checkpoint on the tunnel road linking the Gush Etzion area to Jerusalem on Thursday morning intended to carry out a much larger terror attack in Jerusalem.
However, they gave up their plans when their car was stopped for inspection at the checkpoint by Israeli security forces. Instead, the terrorists opened fire on them, killing one and injuring five. The terrorists were quickly killed by other security forces at the checkpoint.
The IDF victim was identified as Cpl. Avraham Fetena hy”d, 20, a Military Police soldier from Haifa.
Following the attack, security officials found two M-16 rifles, two pistols, two axes, hundreds of bullets, 10 cartridges, and clothing similar to IDF uniforms in the terrorists’ car. The car was equipped with fake Israeli license plates.
“They intended to carry out a massacre, an attack on a completely different scale,” said Police Chief Kobi Shabtai.
The Shin Bet later identified the terrorists as members of the Hamas terror group and residents of the Palestinian Authority city of Chevron. One was identified as Abed el-Khader Kawasme, 26, whose father, Abdallah Kawasma, was the head of Hamas’s military activities in Chevron before he was killed in 2003. A second terrorist was identified as Hassan Manmoun Kafisha, also a Hamas member. He is the nephew of a Hamas member who was expelled to Turkey in 2011.
The Shin Bet has not yet identified the third terrorist.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)