Four Terrorists Dead in Two Days

Security forces eliminated two wanted Jihad terrorists in Shechem over the night, and seriously wounded another. Fatah-Hamas gunfights claim two terrorists' lives since Tuesday.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 09:58

The military operation in Shechem (Nablus) began shortly after 1 AM, when a special police unit, covered by an army force, entered the Rafidia neighborhood. The objective was to arrest wanted terrorists and capture weapons. At one point, the forces encircled a house in which wanted terrorists were hiding, and an exchange of fire ensued, in which the three terrorists were hit. The soldiers evacuated the wounded terrorist to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, and a fourth terrorist gave himself up.

Defense sources said that the now-liquidated terrorist cell had been working on a series of terror attacks in central Israel.

Two nights earlier, seven terrorists were killed in a similar Israeli operation in Jenin, including Islamic Jihad leader Alias Ashkar. Responsible for organizing many suicide attacks, Ashkar topped Israel's "most wanted" list in the northern Shomron region.

Fifteen other wanted terrorists were arrested in the course of the night. In one casae, IDF forces found a 10-kilogram bomb, designated for use in a terror attack.

In the meanwhile, Fatah and Hamas men continue to shoot each other, and at least two Hamas members have been killed in two days. Early this morning (Wednesday), gunmen shot dead a Hamas terrorist in a drive-by shooting in a Gaza refugee camp. The day before, a senior member of Hamas' military wing was shot dead as he drove his car in Gaza City. To the south, in Khan Yunis, another man was wounded by Fatah gunfire. At least three Arabs were killed last week in rival faction gun battles in Gaza.