Jenin (Illustrative)
Jenin (Illustrative) IDF Spokesperson/Flash 90

PA officials identified the leader of the terror cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach as 22-year-old Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jarrar. Jarrar was eliminated last night following a shootout with Yamam security forces in the city of Jenin.

Jarrar was the son of senior Hamas official Nasser Jarrar, killed in 2002 in a shootout with security forces in the Arab village of Tubas during Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Defensive Shield, and responsible for planning terror attacks against Israelis, including a “mega attack” aimed at claiming many lives.

Nasser Jarrar lost both his feet and one arm in 2001 after an explosive device he had placed detonated too early. This, however, did not prevent him from continuing to draft terrorists to carry out suicide attacks. At the time of his death, he had planned an attack on a multi-storey building at a central location in Israel.

Forces from the IDF and the Border Police’s Yamam special counter-terrorism unit on Wednesday evening located in Jenin the terrorists who carried out the shooting attack near Havat Gilad last week, in which Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered.

The first terrorist was arrested at a gas station in Jenin and taken for questioning. A second terrorist was spotted nearby and was killed in the shootout that developed.

After that, a manhunt began for a third terrorist who was hiding in a house. The security forces encircled the house and began demolishing it with the help of troops from the engineering unit. In the end, the terrorist was arrested.

During the shootout, two Border Police officers were wounded. One of them is in serious condition and the other is in light condition.

At the same time, dozens of Arabs rioted in Jenin and threw rocks at the security forces.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered in a shooting attack last Tuesday near Havat Gilad in Samaria. The terrorists fired at Rabbi Shevach's vehicle at close range and then fled the scene.

Rabbi Shevach was able to record a message on WhatsApp, in which he said "I was shot, I was shot!” and send it to his friends at the Magen David Adom organization, where he served as a volunteer paramedic. Rescue forces arrived at the scene and evacuated Rabbi Shevach to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, where he died of his wounds.

Since the attack, the IDF and the Shin Bet had been conducting a manhunt for the terrorists, and blocked the city of Shechem (Nablus) and other nearby villages.

Rabbi Shevach, 35, left a wife, Yael, and six young children.