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Israeli forces kill Lions’ Den leader during bomb-lab raid in Nablus

The lab, in the city's Kasbah area, was being used as a headquarters by the group • Four other gunmen were killed during the operation, according to Palestinian media.

Israeli forces conduct a counter-terror raid in Judea and Samaria as part of "Operation Breaking the Wave." Credit: IDF.
Israeli forces conduct a counter-terror raid in Judea and Samaria as part of "Operation Breaking the Wave." Credit: IDF.

Israeli security forces raided a bomb lab in Nablus belonging to the Lions’ Den terror group overnight Monday, killing the group’s leader, Wadi al-Houh, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Palestinian media reported that four other gunmen were killed during the raid, and some 20 Palestinians were wounded.

The terrorists’ hideout, an apartment in the Kasbah of Nablus, was also being used as the group’s headquarters, according to the IDF.

During the raid, Palestinians fired on and hurled stones at the Israeli forces, the military said.

The Lions’ Den terrorist group is responsible for the murder of IDF Staff Sgt. Ido Baruch on Oct. 11 in Samaria, commonly known as the northern West Bank, and attempted to carry out a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on Sept. 8. The group is also behind the planting of a bomb at a gas station in Kedumim in Samaria.

The group also attempted to carry out a shooting attack in the Israeli community of Har Bracha in Samaria. A Lions’ Den terrorist also hurled a grenade at IDF soldiers who were adjacent to the Havat Gilad outpost in the area, and has carried out multiple shootings in Nablus.

“Our goal was and remains to strike hard and continuously at terrorists and those who dispatch them in Jenin, Nablus and wherever terrorism takes root,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Tuesday. “We will not relent even for a moment. We will not permit the existence of terrorist organizations that attack Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers….

“I commend the security forces that are active day and night for the safety of all Israelis. Those who try to attack us will suffer the consequences,” Lapid added.

Recently, the Lions’ Den “continued to recruit, plan, and carry out attacks aimed against innocent Israeli civilians,” said the IDF.

“There will be no refuge cities for terrorists. We will continue to act against anyone who attempts to harm Israeli civilians in any place and time that is necessary,” said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday.

On Sunday, a senior member of Lions’ Den was killed in a motorcycle explosion, according to Palestinian reports.

The reports named the operative as Tamer al-Kilani, and described the blast as “mysterious,” though some Palestinian reports claimed that an explosive device was attached to the motorcycle by Israel.

The casualty figures in this article have been updated; Palestinian media initially reported that two gunmen had been killed, including al-Hough, and three additional gunmen had been wounded in the raid. 

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