IDF: Terror operative behind killing of police commando arrested in Jenin

Five others arrested in overnight raids; no injuries to Israeli security forces; makeshift submachine gun found near Nablus, pistol near Hebron, along with Jenin suspect’s weapons

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early November 10, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early November 10, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

A suspected terror operative accused of being involved in the killing of a veteran police commando earlier this year was arrested by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli officials said.

According to a joint statement by the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet security service and Israel Police, the suspect, Sadki Ahmed Ali Marai, was arrested during a daylight raid in the northern West Bank city.

The IDF said Marai, 23, was a “high-level militant operative” responsible for a series of shooting attacks against Israeli troops in recent months.

Marai is also accused of being involved in the gunfire that killed Command Sgt. Maj. Noam Raz, as troops were wrapping up a raid in Jenin in May. Another suspect in the shooting was killed by troops last week.

The military said troops seized an M16 rifle and two handguns in Marai’s vehicle.

During the operation, the IDF said troops opened fire at a Palestinian who hurled an explosive device at them. Palestinian media reports said the man was hurt in the leg.

Police commando Sgt. Maj. Noam Raz, 47, who was killed in an operation in Jenin on May 13, 2022. (Police)

No Israeli soldiers were hurt in the operation, officials said.

Earlier Thursday, the military said five Palestinians wanted for questioning over suspected terror activities were arrested in raids across the West Bank.

The IDF said in a statement that troops operated in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, and in Qalqilya and several small towns near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Weapons seized by Israeli security forces during a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, November 10, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

There were no injuries to Israeli forces during the operations, and all of the suspects were taken by the Shin Bet security agency for further questioning.

In the village of Burqa near Nablus, troops detained one terror suspect and seized a makeshift “Carlo” submachine gun, the IDF said.

In Dura, near Hebron, two wanted Palestinians were arrested and a handgun was seized by forces, the IDF said.

There were no reports of major clashes during the IDF’s arrests operations early Thursday.

Weapons seized by Israeli security forces during raids in the West Bank, early November 10, 2022. (Israel Defebse Forces)

Israeli security forces have stepped up their operations in the West Bank following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people in the spring of this year.

Since September, another three Israeli civilians have been killed in attacks.

Four soldiers have also been killed in the West Bank in attacks and during the arrest operations.

The military’s operation has made more than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids, and has left over 130 Palestinians dead, many of them — but not all — while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

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