IDF prepares to destroy 2 Jenin homes of terrorist who perpetrated fatal May attack

Overnight clashes in Qalandiya see Palestinian man killed, according to Palestinian health ministry

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

Israeli soldiers mapping out the home of Ahmed Barakat in Jenin in preparation of its demolition, Dec. 4, 2023. (IDF)
Israeli soldiers mapping out the home of Ahmed Barakat in Jenin in preparation of its demolition, Dec. 4, 2023. (IDF)

The IDF has measured two homes belonging to a Palestinian terrorist involved in the killing of Meir Tamari near the West Bank settlement of Hermesh in May, ahead of a potential demolition, the military said.

Troops operated in the Jenin refugee camp to map the homes of Ahmed Barakat, one of the terrorists behind the deadly shooting.

Israel regularly destroys the homes of Palestinians accused of carrying out deadly terror attacks.

Tamari, 32, a father of two, was shot in May while driving his car near Hermesh in the northern West Bank and was later declared dead.

Also Tuesday, the IDF said that a violent riot broke out as troops detained two wanted Palestinians in Qalandiya, leading to a response using riot dispersal means in which “hits were identified.” The Palestinian Authority health ministry said that a 25-year-old Palestinian man was killed in the clashes.

The IDF said that during the overnight operations in Jenin, engineering vehicles ripped up roads that explosive devices were thought to be planted under.

Two suspects were detained in Jenin, and soldiers returned fire at Palestinian gunmen and others hurling explosives at them, the military added.

Troops operated elsewhere in the West Bank overnight, with the IDF saying it shut down two “printing houses that printed inciting materials, including for Hamas” in the village of al-Dawha near Bethlehem, and seized an assault rifle in the town of Surif near Hebron and a makeshift submachine gun in the town of Talfit near Jenin.

Israeli soldiers sealing a printing house in al-Dawha, near Jerusalem, Dec. 4, 2023. (IDF)

In all, 21 wanted Palestinians were arrested overnight, the IDF said.

Since the October 7 onslaught by Hamas against Israel, in which 3,000 terrorists slaughtered 1,200 people in southern Israel, most of them civilians, Israeli troops have arrested over 2,000 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 1,100 affiliated with Hamas. According to the Palestinian Authority health ministry, some 200 West Bank Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, and in a few cases settlers.

Based on military estimates, the vast majority of the 200 Palestinians killed since October 7 were shot dead during clashes amid arrest raids. Around 60 percent of them, according to data seen by The Times of Israel, were armed with either a firearm or an explosive device.

The IDF is aware of at least three cases of uninvolved Palestinians being killed by troops in recent weeks, and a handful of cases of settlers killing Palestinians, which are still under investigation.

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