Relatives of Tel Aviv terrorists escape after IDF hit their car near Jenin. fires



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The Israeli military said troops on Sunday opened fire on a car believed to have been carrying two brothers of Ra’ad Hazem, the terrorist who killed three Israelis in central Tel Aviv last week.

The Israel Defense Forces said “intelligence indicated that the terrorist’s two brothers were in one of the vehicles” seen near Hazem’s home in Deir Ghazaleh village.

The terrorist’s family has two homes in the area: one in the Jenin refugee camp and another in the nearby village.

The IDF said bullets hit the car driving into the Jenin area but eventually fled the area. The army claimed soldiers had targeted the car’s tires, but images showed broken windows.

Fathi Hazem, the terrorist’s father, wrote on Facebook that his wife and youngest son were traveling together in the car when soldiers fired on them.

“The military attacked the vehicle directly, I moved the vehicle so that they landed on its side. They intended to kill, not to stop,” Hazem’s brother said in a video circulating on Palestinian social media. He said he was in the car with his mother and 6-year-old brother.

The IDF said another suspect shot at the soldiers from a passing motorcycle during the operation. The soldiers responded with fire and hit the man, the army said.

The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health reported that a Palestinian man was wounded in his pelvis by Israeli bullets during the incident.

Israeli security forces have attempted to arrest Ra’ad Hazem’s father and brother for their alleged involvement in the attack. Hazem’s father, Fathi, is a former security prisoner who previously served as an officer with the Palestinian Authority’s security forces in Jenin. He praised his son for the murders and refused an Israeli subpoena for questioning.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have risen sharply in recent weeks amid repeated terror attacks in Israeli cities that have left 14 dead. The military has stepped up its activities in the West Bank in an effort to counter increasing violence.

On Saturday night, soldiers raided Palestinian towns in the West Bank in an attempt to stem the violence, arresting 20 Palestinians. During the raids in Tulkarem, Jenin and Jericho, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, injuring several.

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