Israeli Police Helmet Cam Captures Gunfight With Hamas Killers of Three Teens (VIDEO)
Dramatic helmet cam footage released on Tuesday depicts a gunfight overnight between an Israeli Police SWAT team and two of the three Hamas members suspected of abducting and killing of a trio of Israeli high school youths earlier in the summer.
In the predawn footage from Hebron, the squad is seen opening fire on a building housing Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, and Amer Abu Aisha, 33, who kidnapped Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach on June 12th, from a hitch hiking post in the Gush Etzion bloc of communities south of Jerusalem.
The bodies of the three boys, who were buried side by side at a cemetery in Modi’in, northwest of Jerusalem exactly 24 hours after they were discovered by searchers on June 30th, were hidden beneath stones in a shallow grave near Halhoul.
Hossam Hassan Kawasmeh, who was arrested in July over his involvement in the kidnapping of the teens, procured NIS 220,000 to fund the abduction, according to details revealed at the beginning of September.
Kawasmeh, who served as a commanding officer for the kidnappers, admitted to his involvement in the abduction, according to Ynet News.
The operation signified the end of a complex intelligence operation involving police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), in which security forces said they first tried to arrest the suspects, but then turned into an exchange of gunfire in which the two were killed.
The two were tracked down to a carpentry workshop in Hebron last week, and, in the interim, hid out in several locations in the largest Palestinian city in the southern West Bank, according to police.
Information on their exact whereabouts turned up in the last few days, leading authorities to implement the capture operation overnight.
“We’ve ended a manhunt that began three months ago,” Judea and Samaria Division commander Brig.-Gen. Tamir Yedai’i, announced Tuesday morning, at the conclusion of the operation.
“We received the intelligence overnight, and we started to surround the building this morning…” gradually tightening the circle around the structure, Yedai’i said.
“When a bullet fired hit a wall of the house, they came out of hiding and, through a hole in a wall, fired at the SWAT team, who shot back and killed them,” he added.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, lauded the SWAT team’s operation, in comments with Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino.
Netanyahu “asked to convey his Rosh Hashanah greetings to the men and women of the Israel Police who work day and night throughout the country to protect Israel’s citizens,” according to a statement released by his office.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz, welcomed the news of the conclusion of the operation.
“The security forces of Israel closed an open account this morning,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“At the beginning of the New Year, a curse was cleared away, and – if ever there was a doubt – we will pursue terrorism until it is liquidated,” Almoz said, and wished the Frenkel, Shaer and Yifrach families, “a better morning.”
Watch the (silent) video:
Parents of Naftali Frenkel meet with head of Israel Police YAMAM SWAT team after the operation: