Daily Israel Report

Security Officials Visit Injured SWAT Team Members in Hospital

Injured fighters hailed for 'lifesaving acts' as they recover from last night's anti-terror operation.
By Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 3/23/2014, 5:23 PM

Danino, at the hospital
Danino, at the hospital
Israel Police Spokesperson's Office

Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino, Border Police Chief Major General Amos Ya'akov, and the head of Israel's SWAT team made a collective visit Sunday to the bedsides of the two SWAT team members injured in Saturday's IDF raid

"You are modest, but this is a unit of heroes," Danino told the fighters. "Every so often, the people of Israel are exposed to your activities via the media, but we know what you do on a weekly basis - sometimes several times a week." 

"Your last operation was a historic act that saved lives," he continued. "You stopped terrorists who had planned to carry out an attack. On the behalf of all Israel, I thank you - and on behalf of the Israeli police, as your commander, I'm proud of you." 

The operation in Jenin on Saturday was a joint effort by the SWAT (Yamam) team, IDF forces, and the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet). The raid led to the death of Hamza Abu Alheja, 20, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. 

Alheja barricaded himself in a Jenin home, after IDF forces from the Nahal Hareidi Brigade surrounded it. Alheja then opened fire on the teams attempting to arrest him; a large-scale violent confrontation broke out between local terrorists and the Israeli forces, injuring two SWAT team members. Terrorists hurled Molotov cocktails and explosive charges and several rounds of live ammunition were fired. Alheja was killed. 

An Islamic Jihad terrorist and a rioter affiliated with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade were also killed in the clashes.