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Abdel Fattah Hussein Kharousha, 49, accused of carrying out the deadly terror attack in Huwara

Alleged Huwara Terrorist among Six Palestinians Killed as IDF Raids Jenin

The alleged terrorist behind a deadly shooting attack in the northern West Bank town of Huwara was one of six Palestinians killed as Israeli troops raided Jenin and exchanged fire with gunmen Tuesday, February 28.

Palestinian officials said Abdel Fattah Hussein Kharousha, 49, was killed in the operation. The Shin Bet security agency said Kharousha, a Hamas member from the Askar refugee camp near Nablus, was the terrorist who opened fire on an Israeli car driving through Huwara on February 26, killing Israeli brothers Hallel and Yagel Yaniv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the troops who “eliminated the despicable terrorist who murdered the two brothers in cold blood.” He said this was proof that “whoever harms us, on his own head be it.”

Palestinian health officials said at least six people were killed in the fighting, and another 12 were injured, three seriously. Others killed were named as Muhammad Wael Ghazawi, 26, Tariq Ziad Mustafa Natour, 27, Ziad Amin Zaraini, 29, Mutasim Nasser Sabbagh, 22, and Muhammad Ahmad Salim Khalouf, 22.

Palestinian media identified Khalouf, Ghazawi, and Zaraini as members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terror group loosely affiliated with the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party. Sabbagh and Kharousha were named by Hamas as members and “fighters” in the terror group. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad in a statement said the sixth Palestinian, Natour, was a member.

The IDF said it only fired at gunmen and Palestinians rioting in Jenin amid the operation. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we thank You for making us powerful enough to deal with people who wish to harm Israeli citizens. We hope that terrorist actions against Israel will no longer be materialized, and that the criminals who have already committed such acts will be found and face justice.”

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