5 Palestinian gunmen killed, Israeli officer seriously hurt during raid in northern West Bank

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

Smoke rises following explosions as Israeli soldiers take cover during a military operation in the Palestinian town of Dayr al-Ghusun, near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Smoke rises following explosions as Israeli soldiers take cover during a military operation in the Palestinian town of Dayr al-Ghusun, near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A Yamam officer was wounded and five gunmen were killed amid a raid in the West Bank town of Dayr al-Ghusun earlier today, police and the IDF say.

The IDF and police in a joint statement say troops operated in the town, near Tulkarem, to eliminate a terror cell.

Five members of the cell, who were holed up in a building, were killed following a battle that lasted some 12 hours, the statement says.

After coming under fire from the building, the troops carried out a tactic known as “pressure cooker” that involves escalating the volume of fire directed at a building to force suspects to come out.

Armored bulldozers demolished part of the building, troops fired several shoulder-launched missiles at the structure, and a Hermes 450 drone carried out a number of airstrikes.

Troops also seized several weapons amid the raid, the IDF says.

The wounded officer of the police’s elite Yamam counter-terrorism unit was taken to a hospital for further treatment. Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva lists his condition as “very serious.”

“The medical staff at Beilinson Hospital are fighting for his life,” the medical center says.

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