Palestinians attack Israelis with explosives at holy site, killed by IDF

The Israeli military shot and killed two Palestinians who hurled explosives at troops guarding Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem.

By Associated Press and World Israel News

On Wednesday, the Israeli military announced that two Palestinians who threw explosive devices at soldiers in Samaria drew fatal fire from troops.

The IDF explained that several explosive devices were hurled at troops securing Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus), not far from the city of Ariel.

Joseph’s Tomb remains a popular pilgrimage site for Jews, who require security details to pray at the site and are often attacked by local Arabs, who have killed Israelis there and committed major arson attacks.

On Wednesday, troops opened fire and killed two of the terrorists.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified them as 21-year-old Raed Hamadan and 20-year-old Zeid Nouri.

The skirmish on Wednesday follows a raid late Tuesday in which Israeli forces discovered the location of Omar Abu Leilah, who carried out a weekend stabbing and shooting attack in Ariel during which he killed father of 12 Rabbi Ahiad Ettninger and IDF soldier Gal Qeidan.

Cornered in a building near Ramallah, Leilah opened fire on the soldiers pursuing him and was fatally shot.

The two-day manhunt for Leilah raised tensions in Samaria.