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IDF soldiers search for terrorists in Mateh Binyamin

Yamam, the Israeli Border Police special forces, have shot and killed at least one member of the terrorist cell responsible for the death of a baby born prematurely as a result of the shooting attack carried out Sunday night at a bus stop on Highway 60, outside the Jewish town of Ofra. The dead terrorist was identified by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency) as Tzalach Omar Tzalach Barghouti (29).

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A second attacker was allegedly wounded in the firefight between Israeli Yamam forces and Palestinian Authority terrorists, according to a report broadcast Wednesday by Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

The Shabak said they arrested additional suspects from the attack during the operation.

The shootout took place in the Palestinian Authority-controlled village of Surda, near the PA capital of Ramallah.

Sunday’s terror attack left seven people injured, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was critically wounded and whose baby died three days after being delivered prematurely by emergency Caesarean section in a bid to save his life and the life of his mother.

Israeli forces have been operating in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah and elsewhere in Samaria for the past four days, including in Palestinian Authority government buildings, to hunt down the terror cell.

Multiple unconfirmed reports in Arab media claimed Wednesday night that one of the terrorists who carried out the attack had been shot and killed by Israeli special forces in a shootout north of Ramallah. Ongoing clashes were allegedly continuing with members of the terror cell.

The baby’s mother remains in critical condition; she was hit by gunfire at least once in the torso. The baby suffered “multiple wounds” according to a doctor at Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The baby’s father was injured as well, along with five other Israelis.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.