Saturday, December 26, 2009
IDF Says It Killed 3 Terrorists
Israeli Defense Forces say they killed three terrorists during a search in Nabulus for those responsible for the murder of a West Bank settler.
Meir Avshalom Hai, a resident of Shavei Shomeron, was killed by Palestinian gunfire while driving his vehicle.
The IDF says its special forces killed three terrorists responsible for Hai's killing. They identified the trio as Raed Surkajy, Assan Abu Sharach and Annan Tzubach. They say Tzubach was armed with a handgun and was hiding two M16 assault rifles, an additional handgun and ammunition.
The government identified Surkajy, 40, as a Nablus Fatah Tanzim terror operative who had previously been in custody. Prior to his arrest in 2002, Surkajy was a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and was involved in multiple terror attacks, the IDF said. The IDF said Surkajy was also involved with the manufacturing of explosives and the establishment of an explosives-manufacturing laboratory in Nablus. He had been released from custody nearly 12 months ago.
The IDF says that Sharach, also 40, had also previously been imprisoned in Israel. He was the brother of Naif Abu Sharach, the former head of the Fatah Tanzim terrorist group in Nablus, who was responsible for planning multiple terror attacks until he was killed by during an IDF operation in 2004.
Tzubach, 36, a Shahad Al-Aqsa activist, was involved in widespread militant activities within the framework of the Nablus Fatah Tanzim, according to the IDF.