In response to intelligence that a large scale attack was imminent inside Israel, a small special forces IDF team raided Nablus to arrest a couple of people.
Brigadier-General Gadi Eizenkot, commander of
the IDF's West Bank Division, said the army conducted the raid due to intelligence information that two senior Hamas members were planning a terror attack inside Israel that would take place shortly.
Troops surrounded the building in which Hamas activist Hamis Abu Salam lived and demanded his surrender. Palestinians then opened fire on the troops from the third floor of the building, killing Oren, the fourth member of his unit to be killed over the last year and a half.
Troops returned fire, aiming an anti-tank missile at the third floor. The missile set off a series of blasts when it hit what was apparently an explosives laboratory in the building, killing Abu Salem and destroying the third floor. Palestinian witnesses said the IDF evacuated Palestinian families from the building.
Abbas refuses to deal with the terrorists, and of course they cry foul when Israel acts to defend itself. Meanwhile across the border in Lebanon, Hizbollah shells northern Israel.