An IDF drone Wednesday struck a vehicle carrying 3 Palestinian terrorists from an attack on a military post near Jenin. All three were killed. The operation was in line with the introduction for the first time in 17 years of aerial operations for targeted assassinations in the northern West Bank. The mew policy was approved by PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to meet the proliferating Palestinian use of firearms and bombs for lethal attacks – some of them across the security border into northern Israel. The most violent are traced to the currently lawless northern Palestinian towns of Jenin and Nablus. The three terrorists eliminated on Wednesday came from Jenin and tried to shoot up the IDF checkpoint at Jalameh.
On Monday, two gunmen armed with M-16 automatic rifles murdered 4 Israelis outside Eli, the day after heavy explosives and roadside bombs blew up an IDF arrest raid in Jenin, injuring 7 troops.
The Shin Bet said that 300 of the 375 significant Palestinian attacks aborted up to June this year unprecdentally entailed gunfire.