The target of the mission, Muhammad Hanbeli, head of the Hamas terrorist organization in Shechem, was killed in the course of battle. Hanbeli was responsible for terror attacks causing over 20 Israeli deaths and hundreds of wounded. "Even as recently as these very days, he was busy planning another murderous attack," Brig.-Gen. Gadi Eisencott said this morning.
Also in the exchanges of fire, Sgt. Raanan Komemi, 23, of Moshav Aminadav in the Jerusalem area was killed. Three of his fellow naval commandos were lightly wounded, and another soldier was seriously hurt.
Komemi's close friend Moshe Asraf said that throughout high school, Komemi dreamed of serving in the Naval Commando Unit. According to Asraf, Komemi was accepted to Israel's most elite unit - Matkal - but expended great energies to be transferred to the Naval Commando Unit. Komemi will be laid to rest today at 15:00 in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.
The IDF released a statement declaring that its operations against Hamas infrastructures and terrorists in general will continue as a part of its obligation to protect and defend Israeli citizens.