Hamas, PIJ Issue Threats After Terrorists Killed in Jenin


People gather at the site where Palestinian Nidal Khazim was killed during a raid by undercover Israeli forces, in Jenin, Thursday. (REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta)

An IDF raid killed four Palestinian terrorists near Jenin on Thursday afternoon.

The IDF said the troops were operating in the Jenin refugee camp. The area is known as a stronghold of Palestinian terrorists, and Israel frequently conducts military raids in the area.

Two of the terrorists killed were wanted individuals, which were the target of the raid. They were members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups, and had been involved in planning and executing attacks against Israelis. The Jenin Brigade, a local Palestinian group, said its men clashed with an armed Israeli unit disguised as Palestinians. The Israelis had “carried out a cowardly assassination of resistance fighters,” a Jenin Brigade statement said. It named one of the dead as the leading figure in the group. Hamas claimed a second dead gunman as its member.

In response to the deadly raid, Hamas, the leading terrorist group among Palestinians which also controls the Gaza Strip, vowed revenge.

“Our people have the ability to hurt Israel and make it pay a price for its crimes,” Hamas said. PIJ joined the warning and said that the “occupation will pay a price for what it did in Jenin.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified three of the dead as Youssef Shreem, 29, Nidal Khazim, 28, and Omar Awadin, 16. Amateur video taken by people in Jenin appeared to show a crowd of Palestinians surrounding a car that people suspected carried undercover Israeli troops. Another clip appeared to show IDF vehicles towing the car away.

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