Six other terrorists were arrested and arms were discovered and confiscated.

 Two Hamas terrorists involved in August shooting attack killed during operation in Hebron


Confiscated arms (IDF photo)

Communicated by IDF Spokesperson

Overnight, a joint IDF-ISA-Border Police arrest operation took place in Hebron.  The objective of the operation was to arrest those involved in the terror attack on August 31, 2010 in which four Israelis were killed: Yizhak and Talia Aimes, Avishai Shindler, and Kokhava Even-Chaim.

During the operation, the wanted terror suspects opened fire at the IDF force, which then returned fire and identified hitting one of the suspects.

Another suspect hid in a building which the force surrounded, calling on him to surrender. The suspect refused to do so and opened fire at the forces.  During the exchange of fire, forces employed engineering tools in order to cause him to exit the building. The terrorist was ultimately killed.

In addition, six other terror suspects were arrested and transferred to the custody of security forces, and a number of AK-47 assault rifles were discovered.

Four Israeli civilians were murdered in a terrorist drive-by shooting attack on August 31, 2010 while driving in their vehicle on Route 60 near Qiryat Arba, east of Hebron.. Two men and two women, one of whom was pregnant, from the nearby community of Bet Hagay, were the victims of this deadly attack. Their names were Yizhak and Talia Aimes, Avishai Shindler and Kokhava Even-Chaim.

Names of terrorists killed during Thurs night’s IDF operation

Nashat Karmi, a 33-year-old resident of Hebron, was a senior Hamas activist. He was one of the heads of the military wing of Hamas in Hebron and was imprisoned in Israel in the past. He was released from Israeli prison on August 2009, and returned to terror activity a short while after.  He has been declared a wanted suspect since the terror attack on August 31.

Mammon Natsha, a 24-year-old resident of Hebron, was previously arrested in 2008 for his activity as a member of Hamas.

Since the terror attack on August 31, a number of arrests and investigations of facilitators have been carried out. During these investigations, information regarding planned future terror attacks and the re-establishment of the Hamas military wing in Hebron was revealed. The IDF will continue to pursue terror organizations that seek to endanger the lives of Israeli civilians.