Soldier Wounded by 'Friendly Fire' in Jenin

Counterterrorism fighter moderately wounded during a terror arrest operation in Jenin.

Elad Benari and Kobi Finkler, | updated: 06:32

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A fighter from the Yamam counterterrorist unit was moderately wounded on Monday night during an operation to arrest wanted terrorists in Jenin.

It was initially reported that the troops came under fire from the terrorists they were trying to apprehend, but upon further investigation it was discovered that the soldier was wounded by "friendly fire". He was airlifted to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa and underwent surgery.

Palestinian Arab sources said that several wanted terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire. The terrorist that the forces were planning to arrest reportedly barricaded himself in his home.

The incident took place near the home of senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Bassam Saadi, who was released from an Israeli prison in 2011 and near the home of the Abu al-Hija family, which is affiliated with Hamas’s “military wing” in Judea and Samaria.

Two members of the family, Majdi Abu Al-Hija and his brother, were reportedly arrested after their home was surrounded.




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