IDF forces face gunfire when mapping terrorists’ home for demolition

December 20, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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IDF forces operating in the Arab village of Silat al-Khartia in Samaria on Sunday night to map the home of terrorists ahead of its demolition encountered violent resistance, including gunfire.

IDF forces during the operation. (IDF)

The IDF stated that its forces worked to map the home of the terrorists suspected of carrying out the shooting attack at the Chomesh junction last Thursday, in which Yehuda Dimentman was killed and another two Israelis were injured.

The mapping was done to examine the possibility of demolishing the house. The demolitions of terrorists’ homes are meant to serve as deterrence for potential terrorists plotting future attacks.

Yehuda Dimentman

During the operation, the troops encountered heavy gunfire and returned fire. There are no Israeli casualties.

A riot also broke out during which dozens of Arab rioters threw stones and explosive charges at the forces who responded with crowd dispersing means and gunfire.

The terrorists who carried out the attack were captured Saturday night. The two shooters and five others who helped them were members of an Islamic Jihad terror cell.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was in retaliation for the killing of one of its operatives, Jamil Kiel of Shechem, by the IDF last week.

The detainees include Muhammad Jaradat, a senior Islamic Jihad official and a released prisoner. According to sources in the village, his son, Ibrahim, was also arrested. Another detainee is Ibrahim Taha’ina, also a released prisoner.

Muhammad Jaradat is the uncle of the brothers Rith, 17, and Omar Jaradat, 20, the main suspects in the attack. Their mother said in a video distributed on the networks that “if it turns out that my sons and brother were indeed involved in the attack, I will raise my head to the sky.”

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