An officer in Israel’s elite National Counterterrorism Unit (Yamam) was seriously wounded in a gun battle against Palestinian terrorists on Friday afternoon. The officer died of his wounds later in the day.
The Border Police stated: “The Border Police bow their heads in memory of the late Major Noam Raz, who fell this morning during a battle with armed terrorists who fired at our forces during an operation in the village of Burkin in the Jenin area.”
“During a shootout with armed terrorists, Maj. Gen. Noam Raz was seriously injured and evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Hospital and was pronounced dead.”
“The late Sergeant Noam Raz, 47, a resident of Kida, enlisted in 1999 and served for about 23 years in the unit as a fighter, paramedic, breacher, and sniper. He is survived by his wife and 6 children.”
” Noam participated in hundreds of counterterrorism operations, undertaking great personal danger, and saved lives. He was brave, professional, and a humble officer.”
Commander of the Border Police, Superintendent Amir Cohen, commented: “He was a veteran and experienced fighter from the best of our sons, a humble man who during his service participated in countless complex and sensitive operations and activities aimed at thwarting terrorism. This heroic warrior who fell bore upon his soul complex and sensitive activity during which lowly terrorists opened fire at our warriors. Our forces are the defensive wall of the citizens of the State of Israel in its stubborn war against terrorism. We embrace and share in the grief of the family of this heroic warrior who gave his life for the security of the citizens of the State of Israel.”
“The family asks that the public respect their privacy and not visit their home at this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.”
after Palestinian terrorists opened fire on IDF forces operating in northern Samaria near Jenin to apprehend a wanted terrorist. The Yamam operator was evacuated to Rambam Medical Center Haifa with gunshot wounds and is listed in serious but stable condition.
Two wanted terrorists were arrested in Jenin after a lengthy standoff
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PA sources reported that IDF forces fired anti-tank missiles at the residence of a wanted terrorist in the city. The soldiers had previously used a loudspeaker, telling the terrorist to vacate the building.
According to a Channel 12 News report, 11 Palestinians, including Daoud Zubeidi, the brother of the infamous Palestinian terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi, were wounded in the battle. Zubeidi was one of six terrorists who escaped Gilboa Prison in northern Israel in September and was later caught following a massive manhunt.