Hamas says West Bank commander among operatives killed in IDF raid

Hamas’s armed wing says the commander of its forces in the Tulkarem area of the West Bank was among four members of the group killed during a day-long Israeli raid in the town of Dayr al-Ghusun.

A statement from the Izzaldin al-Qassam Brigades names Alaa Shreiteh, 45, as commander of the al-Qassam Brigades in the Tulkarem governorate.

Shreiteh was jailed by Israel between 2002 and 2016.

It also names Tamer Faqha, 32, as the terrorist behind a deadly shooting attack near the West Bank town of Bayt Lid on November 2 which killed off-duty IDF reservist Sgt. First Class (res.) Elhanan Klein.

The Israel Defense Forces and police had previously said that five members of a cell responsible for the attack and other terror activity were killed in the raid, following a 12-hour gun battle and standoff.

 

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