Terrorist critically injured in Jenin clashes transferred to Israeli hospital

Daoud Zubeidi, brother of notorious terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi, was hit in the abdomen during clashes with Israeli troops Friday morning

Illustrative: An injured Palestinian is evacuated by ambulance during clashes with Israeli soldiers after troops searched and measured family house of Omar al-Abed, 20, perpetrator of Friday's attack at the West Bank settlement of Halamish, in preparation for demolition, in the West Bank village of Kobar, near Ramallah, July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Illustrative: An injured Palestinian protester is evacuated toward an ambulance during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Kobar, near Ramallah, July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Daoud Zubeidi, the brother of notorious terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi, who was injured during a clash with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Friday morning, was evacuated to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa following a deterioration in his condition.

Director of the Jenin Hospital Muhammad Abu Ghali requested to transfer Zubeidi in an attempt to save his life, a Red Cross official told the Ynet news site.

The report noted that Zubeidi was in critical condition after being hit by a bullet to his abdomen.

Israel has reportedly accepted the request and Zubeidi was transferred by a Palestinian ambulance to the Jalama-Gilboa crossing, where he was moved to an Israeli ambulance and taken to the Haifa hospital.

Daoud Zubeidi, 40, was reportedly among 13 Palestinian gunmen injured Friday in fierce exchanges of fire with Israeli troops near and in the city of Jenin in the West Bank during an arrest operation carried out by police special forces and the Israeli military.

Israel has recently stepped up its operations in the West Bank and especially in the Jenin area, where several terrorists behind recent deadly attacks carried out in Israel were from.

Israeli police commando Noam Raz, 47, was killed during Friday’s clashes.

Daoud’s brother, Zakaria Zubeidi, is a convicted terror leader who last year escaped from Gilboa Prison for a week before being recaptured.

Six prisoners — five of them members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, along with Fatah commander Zubeidi — escaped from the prison on September 6, making their way out through their cell’s drainage system and an empty space underneath the prison.

Four of the prisoners, including Zubeidi, were captured in northern Israel within the first week, but two others made their way into the northern West Bank city of Jenin and hid out there until their arrest on September 19.

The alleged mastermind behind the jailbreak, Mahmoud al-Arida, told investigators that Zubeidi was added to the jailbreak plan at the very end, in hopes that his connections in the Palestinian Authority would help protect them.

In this December 30, 2004 photo, Zakaria Zubeidi, a leader in Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror group in the West Bank, is carried by supporters during a presidential campaign rally in support of Mahmoud Abbas, in Jenin. Zubeidi, 46, who has been detained since 2019, is one of six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped early on September 6, 2021, from an Israeli high-security facility. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Zubeidi masterminded terror attacks during the Second Intifada as a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and was granted amnesty in 2007.

In 2019 he was arrested again, and charged with taking part in two shooting attacks against Israeli buses in the West Bank, with additional allegations dating back to the early 2000s added to the charge sheet.

Zubeidi is currently imprisoned at Eshel Prison near Beersheba in southern Israel.

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