IDF Officer Killed By Palestinian Terrorists Near Jenin
Maj. Bar Pelach, h’yd, 30, of Netanya
September 13, 2022 - An IDF officer was killed overnight Tuesday during a shootout between IDF security forces and Arab terrorists at the security fence near the Jalamah crossing near Jenin, where a shooting attack occurred less than 24 hours previously.
The officer was later identified as Maj. Bar Pelach, h’yd, 30, of Netanya, the deputy commander of the elite Nahal reconnaissance unit. Pelach, z’l, managed to shoot at the terrorists before he was mortally wounded and collapsed.
The incident began when IDF lookouts identified two suspects approaching the security fence near the crossing. IDF forces were sent to the area, where they initiated a suspect arrest procedure, in accordance with the IDF’s rules of engagement. The suspects had not been detected as carrying weapons so the IDF forces did not open fire at them.
The terrorists shot at the soldiers first. An exchange of fire ensued, during which Pelach, z’l, and the two terrorists were killed. One of the terrorists was an intelligence officer in the Palestinian Authority security forces.
The IDF and Shin Bet are investigating whether the two slain terrorists belong to the squad that opened fire on a Defense Ministry tractor in the same area on Tuesday.
Shortly afterward, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades of Fatah took responsibility for the attack.