Israel Border Police terminate terrorist during shoutout, recover illegal automatic weapons


A YAMAM SWAT team returned fire killing the terror suspect after coming under automatic fire while attempting to detain the 31yr-old Palestinian near Ramallah.
– Subsequent search of the premises revealed two illegal M-16 assault rifles & a submachine gun.

By Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy


A wanted Palestinian terror suspect was killed during a shootout with the Border Police’s elite YAMAM unit after opening fire at officers who were attempting to apprehend him early Monday morning.

The Carl Gustav submachine gun seized at the scene after the shootout.- Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Basel Al-Araj, 31, was killed in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah. According to the Border Police, he was the head of a terror cell that planned attacks against Israelis and was in charge of procuring weapons for the attacks.

Following a search of the suspect’s home, security forces discovered two M16 rifles and a Carl Gustav submachine gun.

One of the M16 rifles recovered at the scene, after the shootout with police. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Following the commotion, disturbances broke out with Palestinian stone throwers and rioters converging on the scene. Security forces responded with riot control measures and injured two Palestinians.

After security forces finished a search of the premises, they collected the seized weapons and took the suspect’s body.

In addition to the arrest raid in Al-Bireh that resulted in the death of the suspect, IDF forces arrested 12 other terror suspects in the West Bank and confiscated thousands of shekels destined for terror financing.


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