June 27, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Captain Killed, 16 Soldiers Wounded in IED Attacks in Jenin

June 27, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Captain Killed, 16 Soldiers Wounded in IED Attacks in Jenin

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An Israeli soldier was killed and 16 wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the West Bank city of Jenin in the early hours of June 27. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) named the fallen soldier as Capt. Alon Sagciu, 22, a sniper team commander in the Kfir Brigade’s Haruv reconnaissance unit. A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack occurred during an overnight IDF raid in Jenin aimed at flushing out or killing Hamas terrorists in the city. According to the IDF’s initial assessment, a Panther armored personnel carrier (APC) was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in the road, causing minor injuries to the service personnel traveling inside. Sagciu and the other soldiers who arrived to provide assistance were standing outside the APC when a second IED exploded.

A prior sweep of the road failed to discover the IEDs, which were buried about five feet below the ground — much deeper than is normally the case. According to The Times of Israel, the IDF is “probing how the bombs were activated, either by wire or wirelessly. Findings at the scene indicated that both methods could have been used.”

Expert Analysis

“As they fight to destroy Hamas in Gaza, the Israelis are also working to prevent parts of the West Bank from becoming terrorism zones. The sophistication of this attack suggests not only the brazenness of the local Palestinian terrorists but also the possibility that they have been receiving outside instruction and materiel.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“There are over two dozen active branches belonging to terrorist groups in the West Bank, each operating with impunity against Israeli forces. At the helm of this intricate network is Iran’s proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad, with its Jenin branch playing a pivotal role. Moreover, the current Israeli military strategy seems to be insufficient to stem the tide of terrorism. The IDF must adapt and intensify its efforts to counter the menace that has taken hold in the West Bank.” Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal 

IDF Stepping Up Counter-Terror Operations in Jenin

The rare attack took place as Israeli forces mounted another of their by-now regular sweeps in Jenin, which has become a terrorism incubator following years of fecklessness and neglect by the Palestinian Authority. According to Palestinian officials, the IDF took 28 terrorism suspects into custody during the Jenin operation. Since Hamas terrorists carried out the October 7 atrocities in southern Israel, the IDF has arrested some 4,150 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 1,750 affiliated with Hamas.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terrorists Planning Attack Eliminated in West Bank by IDF,” FDD Flash Brief

The West Bank: A 3-Year Crisis Led by Palestinian Terrorist Groups,” by Joe Truzman

Meanwhile in the West Bank…” FDD’s Long War Journal ‘Generation Jihad’ Podcast

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