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Yonatan Nazri

A 25-year-old Israeli man, Yonatan Nazri, was wounded while sitting in his sukkah on Friday evening in a terror attack on the Jewish community of Beit El, in the Binyamin region.

Two Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists opened fire at the community from a nearby hill located close to the Arab town of Jelazoun.


A local IDF response team returned fire to the source of the gunshots and identified a hit.

Hamas terror operative Kais Shajaiya, 23, was killed by the forces. The terrorist was a resident of the Palestinian Authority town of Deir Jarir and served prison time in Israel for terrorist offenses.



“IDF soldiers who were active in the area fired at the terrorist and neutralized him,” the IDF said in a statement. “IDF soldiers [scanned] the area for additional suspects. During the search, several bullet casings were located near the neutralized terrorist.

“A civilian who was lightly wounded from shrapnel was evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment,” the IDF added.

The victim was taken by Magen David Adom paramedics to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

A second terrorist who fled the scene was arrested by IDF, Israel Border Guard Police and Shin Bet intelligence agents in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

The suspect, 19-year-old Muhammad Odeh, was captured in Deir Jarir along with two accomplices who assisted the terrorists in their attack.

Weapons, uniforms and terrorist propaganda materials were found the Israeli forces in Odeh’s home.

The three suspects were transferred to Israeli security personnel for questioning.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.