IDF troops on Saturday morning surrounded a Jenin house, apparently as part of the hunt for a terrorist suspect allegedly involved in the killing of an Israeli settler last month.
Palestinian residents reported heavy military presence and said soldiers, using loudspeakers, called for the surrender of Ahmad Nassar Jarrar — the suspected leader of the terror cell that shot and killed 35-year-old father of six Rabbi Raziel Shevach on January 9, as he drove on a highway near his home in the Havat Gilad outpost.
The Ynet news site reported that troops arrested four people during the raid, including two members of the Jarrar family. On January 23 Israeli troops arrested Jarrar’s brother Suhaib Nassar Jarrar.
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Ynet also reported military activity and raids in several nearby villages as part of the operation.
There was no immediate comment from the military.
Jarrar himself is believed to have evaded capture during a January 18 operation to arrest him in Jenin. In an operation led by the Israel Police’s counterterrorism unit, security forces used a technique known as “pressure cooker,” in which troops use a number of high-intensity weapons and tools to disorient the suspects inside a house before knocking down a wall and entering the structure in full force.
A firefight broke out during the arrest raid. One suspect was killed and another was taken into custody. Two police officers were wounded, one of them seriously.
However, Ahmad Jarrar apparently succeeded in fleeing the scene. Israeli forces have been in pursuit of him ever since, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman saying that he is “living on borrowed time.”
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.