Last night (October 6, 2003), as part of ongoing activity against the Islamic Jihad terrorist infrastructure in Jenin, IDF forces operated in the city and village of Rai (close to Jenin)

During the operation, 31 wanted Palestinians were detained for questioning – including two terrorists planning to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel. The suicide bomber detained in Rai is Imad Al Ashkar, and the suicide bomber detained in Jenin is Ahmad Barakat.

The IDF will continue to operate against terrorist infrastructure in all places and at all times to protect the lives of innocent Israeli civilians.