IDF says troops kill senior terror operative, 2 other gunmen in the West Bank

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

The IDF and police say troops killed a senior terror operative and another two gunmen in the West Bank’s Nur Shams refugee camp, close to Tulkarem.

Undercover Border Police officers and IDF reservists of the 8105th Battalion operated in Nur Shams for more than four hours following intelligence information provided by the Shin Bet.

In a joint statement, the IDF and police say the troops encircled the building where the wanted Palestinian, Moatasem Ali, was holed up, and applied a tactic known as “pressure cooker.”

Ali is accused of being a senior terror operative in Nur Shams, and responsible for previous shooting attacks against IDF troops.

The statement says that after using various means, and amid a gun battle, Ali was killed.

Two more gunmen who attempted to flee from the building where the wanted man was holed up were also killed, the IDF and police say.

The troops also recovered weapons from the building, the IDF says.

The statement says no soldiers or officers were hurt in the raid.

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