As part of the ongoing war against terror and its infrastructure, IDF forces demolished tonight (January 17, 2003), in Beit Rima, north west of Ramallah, the houses of Ahmed Hajaj and Ramaz Rimawi.

On July 11, 2003, the two kidnapped Israeli taxi driver, Eliyahu Gurel. Eliyahu Gurel was was set free by IDF forces, Israel police and the ISA (Israeli Security Agency) on July 15, 2003.

Demolishing the houses of terrorists is a message to terrorists and their partners in terrorist activities, including kidnappings, that their actions have a price that will be paid by all those involved in hostile action. The IDF will continue to use all available legal means to strike at terrorists, their senders, and all those who assist them.