Security sources tell us that two Tanzim operatives were arrested and a Tanzim operative was killed during an IDF arrest operation in Nablus earlier this morning. Rami Rashid Anab Abu Kishak was killed and Tallal Mustafa Abu Lil and Imad Abu Maslem were arrested. The three were being directed by Hezbollah to carry out suicide bombings.
The men were arrested outside the Athad hospital in Nablus, which was used as a hide out and a shelter. This is a common tactic among terrorists in the West Bank who exploit the fact that the IDF avoids operating in hospitals, thereby using them as hiding places to plan terrorist activities.
During the arrest, security forces identified a vehicle which the three wanted men were traveling in, and approached it. The wanted men attempted to flee, leading the forces to fire at them. As a result Kishak was killed, and Maslem and Abu Lil were injured.
The three belonged to a terrorist infrastructure which is being supported and controlled by Hezbollah, and whose function is to carry out suicide bombings in Israel. Furthermore, during the current ceasefire in Gaza, the three continued their efforts to execute suicide bombings.
- Rami Abu Kishak, 27, was involved in attempts to carry out suicide bombings along with two other terrorists, who were killed in recent months during attempts to arrest them. In the past two days Abu Kishak was involved in intensive preparations for a suicide bombing which was prevented by his death.
- Tallal Abu Lil, 33 and a resident of Nablus, had recently recruited several suicide bombers, both male and female, in order to carry out attacks. Some of these were recently arrested, and their planned attacks prevented. Despite these arrests, Abu Lil continued in his attempts to dispatch attacks and to recruit bombers.
- Imad Abu Maslem was involved in attempts to carry out suicide bombings as a member of the Tanzim infrastructure in Balata. Abu Maslem was involved in the recruiting of bombers and in shooting attacks and bomb attacks against IDF forces in Nablus.