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IDF soldiers during a raid on Jenin

Islamic Jihad, Hamas Commanders Killed in Clashes with Israeli Forces in Jenin

Two commanders of local branches of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups were killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Jenin on Thursday, March 16.

The two killed were identified as Nidal Hazem, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement's al-Quds Brigades and the commander of the Baha Force unit, and Youssef Shreim, a member of Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades.

A third individual, identified as Omar Awadin, and a fourth individual were killed amid the clashes, as well and 20 others were wounded.

The IDF, Shin Bet, and Border Police announced after the raid that they had assassinated Hazem and an additional member of the Islamic Jihad movement named Youssef Abu Ashrin.

Abu Ashrin has not been reported as one of those killed in Palestinian reports and it is unclear if Youssef Shreim is the same individual. According to the IDF, Hazem was involved in "significant terrorist activity" and Abu Ashrin was involved in producing explosives and firing at IDF soldiers, among other terrorist activities.

Hazem and Shreim were reportedly commanders in their respective terrorist groups. Hazem was also the nephew of Fathi Hazem, the father of the terrorist who carried out the Dizengoff shooting attack last year. (JPost / VFI News)

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