Two Hamas terrorists, Marwan Kawasme (29) and Amar Abu Aisha (32) responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaar (16), Naftali Frankel (16), and Eyal Yifrach (19).have been killed in a shoot-out in Hebron.
From Aruz Sheva:
"We have been pursuing these two since the abduction,” said
Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brig. Gen. Tamir Yadai. “Last night
the investigation ripened as regards their location and we have been
surrounding the place where they were hiding since 1:00 a.m. We killed
them and there are arrests of several other collaborators.”
"We began arresting suspects and at the same time we applied [IDF] 'pressure cooker' protocol on the house.
It is a big house and they hid out in a secret arms store on the
basement floor. The floor is not visible from the outside. At one stage
they went outside and opened fire. One was shot and the other fell
inside, into a hole.”
"There was use of weapons, like hand grenades and the deployment of
explosives that were prepared ahead of time,” he added. “We know that
they have been staying in this location quite a lot in the last few
days. We know for certain that they were not here the whole time. They
had weapons like M-16s, a Kalachnikov and handguns, too.”
Kawasmeh's close relative Hussam was arrested in Jerusalem in August for planning the attack, which was carried out physically by Marwan, along with Amer Abu-Eisha.
The abduction and murder reportedly was planned by a third
Kawasmeh, Mahmoud, along with Hussam, under the support of Hamas's
military branch, the Al-Qassam Brigades, through their branches both in Gaza and abroad.
May the families of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal
Yifrach and all of Israel find comfort and peace in the coming year.