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.