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Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Israel

18:00 Mar 27 2022 Hadera ( חֲדֵרָה‎ الخضيرة) and Umm al-Fahm ( אום אל-פחם‎أم الفحم )

Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Israel Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Israel Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Israel Two Israeli Border Officers Killed in Attack in Israel
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The site of the deadly shooting attack in Hadera, on Sunday. Credit: Rami Shlush Publshed by Haaretz

Shirel Abukarat (left) and Yazan Falah. Published by Haaretz
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by IMEMC News
Mar 28, 2022

In the town of Hadera on Sunday evening, two Bedouin men from the unrecognized village of Umm al-Fahm shot and killed two Israeli border officers and wounded four Israeli civilians. The two men were then shot

The two Israeli border officers who were killed were identified as Yazan Fallah, 19, an Arab-Druze soldier from Kisra-Sumei in Galilee, and Shirel Aboukaret, 19, from Netanya.

According to Israeli sources, the so-called “Islamic State’ movement known as ISIS or Da’esh, claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the second in the past several days in southern Israel.

Israeli sources reported that the two shooters were shot and killed by two undercover officers from the Counterterrorism Unit of the Israeli Border Police who were eating at a cafe nearby.

Four Israelis were injured in the shooting and were hospitalized. They were a 45-year-old man, a woman in her twenties, and two men in their twenties.

Soon after the shooting, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett came to the site of the attack to pay respects.

The Palestinian-Israeli head of the Ra’am party, Mansour Abbas, told reporters, “This disgusting crime was ISIS-inspired and does not reflect the Israeli-Arab population, which seeks to live in respect and in accordance with the law, a life that honors the living and coexistence between Arabs and Jews.”

Immediately following the attack, Israeli forces locked down the village of Umm al-Fahm and arrested several relatives of the men who carried out the attack. The troops also deployed a helicopter in the area around Hadera to search for any “suspicious persons”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attack.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the attack. He called it a “senseless act of violence and murder”.

Um al-Fahim Mayor Dr. Samir Mahameed, told the Al-Arab News agency that what happened was a serious incident, adding that one of the two attackers is known to the Israeli security devices and was previously convicted in court for his membership with ISIS.

“We do not and will not support such ideology and attacks,” Mahameed said, “We call on the police to perform its duty and apprehend those who carry such a fanatic ideology.”

“When a group like ISIS claims responsibility for any attack, we need to know that all of us are targets,” Mahameed added, “ISIS never hesitated and will not hesitate to kill Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike; this group needs to be obliterated.”

It is worth mentioning that one of the attackers has a brother who is an officer with the Sharon Israeli Police department.
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Two Israelis Killed in Shooting Attack Amid U.S.-Mideast Summit, Assailants Shot Dead

Attack by two Israeli citizens comes days after deadly stabbing and ramming in Be'er Sheva, and as officials warn of escalation ahead of Ramadan

Josh Breiner, Deiaa Haj Yahia, Adi Hashmonai, Amos Harel, Jack Khoury and Jonathan Lis for Haaretz
Mar. 27, 2022


Two people were killed on Sunday in a shooting attack in the central Israeli city of Hadera, police said, in the second deadly attack within days.

The two assailants, who police say are Arab Israeli citizens, were shot dead by undercover officers operating at the scene.

The two victims killed in the attack were Israeli Border Police officers Yazan Falah, 19, and Shirel Abukarat, 19.

One of the assailants is Ibrahim Agbarieh, who tried to join ISIS, a source in the police said. Defense officials are also looking into a possible connection to the ISIS sympathizer who killed four people in Israel's south last week.

ISIS took credit for the attack on the organization's Telegram account. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, praised the attack as a “heroic operation.”

Security forces arrested several members of the assailants' families overnight, on suspicion that they were aware of the planned attack. Police suspect that the shooters had co-conspirators, and swept the scene of the attack.

The attack comes as foreign ministers from Israel and four Arab countries meet in the Negev for a historic summit, along with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's has arrived at the police station in Hadera on Sunday evening.

Emergency services reported that two people in their 20s are severely wounded, while two others, a 45-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman are in moderate condition.

At least some of the casualties are members of security forces.

The armed assailants, who according to police are from the nearby city of Umm al-Fahm, came to a bus station in the city and started shooting toward two people standing there, killing one. They then took the weapon of the person who was killed and launched a shooting spree, the police said.

The two undercover officers who were sitting at a nearby restaurant ran toward the site after hearing the gunshots and began shooting toward the assailants. A witness said dozens of bullets were fired.

The condition of two officers initially reported to be critically wounded and of the two assailants remains unclear.

"Luckily, our officers managed to neutralize the assailants and prevent a bigger terrorist attack," national police spokesman Eli Levy said on Israel's Kan television.

Security forces on alert

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Twitter that he had updated the "Negev Summit" participants on the attack, adding that "all foreign ministers condemned the attack and sent their condolences to the families" of those killed.

According to Lapid, this was "an attempt by violent extremists to terrorize" Israelis. "Israel will not relent in its fight against terrorism," he added. "We will stand together with our allies against anyone who tries hurting us."

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is currently in Israel, condemned the attack on Twitter. "We stand with our Israeli partners and send our condolences to the families of the victims," he wrote.

The IDF and police are stepping up security amid the rising tensions in the West Bank the areas bordering it.

On Tuesday, four people were killed and two wounded in a stabbing and ramming attack in the southern city of Be'er Sheva. The assailant, who was known as an ISIS supporter, was shot dead.

The Be'er Sheva attack was the third stabbing attack in one week. Last Sunday, a 20-year-old Israeli police officer was moderately wounded in a suspected stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.

A man was wounded a day earlier in another stabbing attack in Jerusalem. The assailant, a Palestinian resident of the city, was shot by officers at the scene and was taken to hospital in serious condition.

The military has recently expressed concern over a deteriorating security situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem ahead of the Passover and Ramadan holidays, and following several deadly incidents between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

Last year, clashes between Israeli police and Muslim protesters during Ramadan boiled over into an 11-day war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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