The IDF, the Shin Bet and police forces arrested Wednesday night four wanted Palestinian suspects who had been in the final stages of a planning a terror attack inside Israel.
The four – all Islamic Jihad members – wee arrested in the village of Qabatiya bear Jenin. Fire exchanges erupted between the security forces and the Palestinian gunmen in the course of the raid.
The attack was apparently meant to be a suicide bombing and be carried out in the immediate future. Forces also uncovered an explosive device, two AK-47 assault rifles, an M-16 assault rifle and protective gear during the arrest.
Troops in Qabatiya (Photo: Reuters)
The four suspects have been involved in attempts to launch attacks in Israel in the past. They were transferred for investigation.
In other operations overnight, IDF forces apprehended another eight wanted suspects across the West Bank.
Meanwhile, the army continues its operations against Qassam cells in the Gaza Strip, and is forced to face antitank missiles used by gunmen against the troops.
An IDF soldier was lightly wounded Thursday morning after Palestinians fired an antitank missile at an IDF armored vehicle in northern Gaza. The soldier, who was wounded from shrapnel, was evacuated to the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.
The army said that the incident occurred while forces in the area were operating against Qassam rocket cells.
Additionally, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip reported that a 19 year-old Palestinians was killed by IDF fire in the Sheikh Zayed neighborhood near Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.
According to the report, a large army force operated in the neighborhood and shot and killed the youth in the course of fire exchanges. On Wednesday, a 34 year-old woman and a 14 year-old teen, as well as two gunmen, were killed by IDF fire.
The Israeli Air Force struck a structure that was being used for terror-related activities in Gaza during Wednesday night. The building was damaged, but no injuries were reported.
Sources in Gaza said that the structure was used as an office by money changers who were apparently working with Hamas.
Three Qassam rockets were launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Sderot Thursday.
The rockets landed in open areas outside of the town. No one was injured and there was no damage.
Shmulik Hadad and Hanan Greenberg