In West Bank, troops shoot dead PIJ operative, demolish a terrorist’s home

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

Overnight, the IDF demolished the home of Kamel Abu Bakr, the terrorist behind a deadly Tel Aviv shooting in August, in the West Bank village of Rummanah. Abu Bakr killed Tel Aviv patrolman Chen Amir.

Separately, during an arrest raid in the Aqbar Jabr refugee camp near Jericho, the IDF says troops killed Mohammed Hinnawi, an Islamic Jihad operative who “recruited a military squad and carried out several shooting attacks against IDF forces in recent months.”

The IDF says it seized an assault rifle and military equipment in Hinnawi’s car.

Tensions in the West Bank have been high since Hamas’s October 7 onslaught on southern Israel and subsequent fighting in the Gaza Strip. The IDF says troops have arrested some 1,950 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 1,100 affiliated with Hamas, since the war began.


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