On Thursday morning, three Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed by Israeli covert troops operating close to Jenin.
The undercover operatives approached the Palestinian town of Jaba’, south of Jenin, to apprehend two detainees wanted for a string of shooting attacks on Israeli forces in the region and the nearby Israeli outpost of Homesh.
The suspects and another terrorist opened fire on the forces during the operation from a passing vehicle, and when the troops returned fire, the terrorists were killed, according to the spokesman.
The police identified the suspected Islamic Jihad terrorists as Ahmed Fashafsha, 22, Sufyan Fakhoury, 26, and Nayef Malaysha, 25, who they added had recently been released from an Israeli prison.
The IDF forces caught up with the terrorists while they were on their way to carry out an attack.
A number of the weapons and explosives that the terrorists were transporting in their cars were seized by the soldiers.
The Islamic Jihad’s local branch in Jaba’ confirmed that its men had started firing on the Israeli military.
Another terrorist claim made by the group was that it shot down an Israeli surveillance drone above the town.
The IDF stated that the collision was under investigation and that a drone had crashed during the operation.
Six terrorists were killed by Israeli soldiers and special police units during an arrest operation in Jenin on Tuesday morning, including the person responsible for the murders of Hallel Menachem and Yagel Yaakov Yaniv HyD, who were killed in Hawara ten days earlier.
During the operation, two Israeli soldiers suffered minor injuries.
The IDF reported that during additional arrest raids early on Thursday, troops in the Samaria region captured 15 wanted terrorists. Some of the arrests resulted in violent situations.
The IDF said troops returned fire at terrorists in Silat al-Harithiya while arresting a wanted man.
No soldiers were hurt amid the overnight raids.