Israeli policeman wounded in gunfight during Jenin operation
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Israeli policeman wounded in gunfight during Jenin operation

Reports of Palestinian dead appear incorrect, though several injured; Israel arrests two Hamas members in refugee camp outside West Bank city

Fire: IDF vehicles enter Jenin on August 31, 2015 (screen capture: Facebook)
Fire: IDF vehicles enter Jenin on August 31, 2015 (screen capture: Facebook)

Israeli security forces performing an arrest in the northern West Bank city of Jenin came under fire by Palestinian gunmen Monday night. A SWAT team member was moderately injured in the ensuing gunfight.

Initial reports by Palestinian media said at least six Palestinians were shot dead. However, a Palestinian security official did not confirm any dead and said only that five people had inhaled tear gas and were taken to hospital.

A member of the Yamam, Border Police’s elite anti-terror unit, was moderately wounded during the operation. He was evacuated to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for treatment, and was said to be in stable condition. It was not immediately clear how the SWAT fighter had sustained the injury, and Hebrew media raised the possibility that he had been hit by friendly fire.

Heavy gunfire was reported in one of the refugee camps outside town. Video footage taken by local Palestinians appeared to show multiple IDF vehicles rushing into the city.

Israeli troops reportedly encircled the homes of Bassem Saadi, a formerly imprisoned senior Islamic Jihad terrorist, and Hamas affiliates Majdi and Alaa Abu al-Hija. The Hija brothers are the sons of imprisoned Hamas leader Jamal Abu al-Hija; their older brother Hamza Abu al-Hija was killed in a shootout with the IDF last year.

According to some reports in Palestinian media, Saadi’s home was demolished by troops during the operation. Others reported that the al-Hija family home had been destroyed as well.

A Palestinian official confirmed that a local Hamas leader and his brother were arrested. He said soldiers tried to arrest a member of Islamic Jihad but couldn’t find him.

וודאו שמפרסמים הערבים מג'ניןעדכוןהעצורים זה אבו היג׳א ואחיו

Posted by Pub-leak on pirmdiena, 2015. gada 31. Augusts

Jamal Abu al-Hija is a convicted Hamas leader who is currently incarcerated in Israeli prison. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to nine life sentences for involvement in at least six bombings, including the Meron Junction attack that killed nine Israelis in 2002 and the Jerusalem Sbarro pizzeria bombing that killed 15 in 2001.

Hamza Abu al-Hija was killed in a shootout with IDF troops in Jenin last year while allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on Israel. The IDF said he was wanted for a number of shooting and bombing attacks against Israelis.

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