IDF Kills One Fatah Terrorist, Captures Others

Israeli forces killed one Fatah terrorist and arrested two others in Shechem (Nablus) early on Tuesday. One of the wanted men was planning a suicide bombing.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz , | updated: 10:25 PM

In a joint operation involving the IDF, an elite police counter-terror unit and the General Security Services (Shabak), two members of the Fatah's Tanzim terror group were apprehended. A third terrorist was killed trying to escape.

The arrested terrorists were identified as Akhsan Azzam Hraz, 21, from Shechem, and Rashid Fuk'ha, 20, from Anbata, east of Tul Karem. Hraz was in the midst of planning a suicide bombing in recent weeks, as well as directing the use of an explosive device targeting an IDF patrol in the area of the Jewish town of Elon Moreh. Fuk'ha was involved in an attempt to smuggle an explosive device out of Shechem. The device was discovered at the Ein Bidan checkpoint, a crossing that the government recently ordered opened as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The IDF Spokesperson's Office reported that the two captured men were part of the Fatah-Tanzim terrorist infrastructure of Shechem, which is one of the major terror centers in Judea and Samaria today. Shechem-based terrorists are continuously attempting to carry out major bombings targeting Jewish civilian centers, according to an IDF statement.

In similar counter-terrorist operations in Shechem last week, IDF soldiers killed several wanted terrorists from both the Islamic Jihad and the Fatah organizations.