IDF forces entered the terror nest of Kobar in the Ramallah area, to demolish the home of Assem Barghouti, one of the Muslim terrorists from the Barghouti clan of jihadists who carried out the shooting attacks near the Jewish communities of Ofra and Givat Assaf in the Binyamin area.
Two combat soldiers, Sgt. Yossi Cohen and Staff Sgt. Yovel Mor-Yosef were murdered and two others were wounded in the Givat Assaf terror attack.
A week earlier, Muslim terrorists attempted to murder Israelis, including a pregnant woman, in a drive-by shooting attack near Ofra Junction. A 7-month baby born prematurely died after three days of efforts by doctors to save his life.
Assem’s brother, Salah, who carried out the Ofra attack, was shot and eliminated by security forces during an attempt to arrest him later same week.
Their 17-year-old brother Mohammed was arrested for involvement in the terror attacks.
Assem Barghouti was arrested in the Arab village of Abu Shukheidim, north of Ramallah, at the home of one of Barghouti’s accomplices following intensive intelligence collection by the Shin Bet, Border Police and IDF forces.
Assem Barghouti, originally from the terror nest of Kobar, comes from a Hamas-affiliated family of Jihadists. He had spent 11 years in Israeli prisons over terrorism-related crimes, including planning to abduct soldiers.
Assem, Salah and Mohammed are sons of Omar Barghouti, a senior Hamas terrorist who spent 28 years in Israeli prisons.
Suheir Barghouti, the jihadi mother of Mohammed, Assem, and Salah Barghouti, and the wife of one of the terrorists were arrested last month for failing to prevent the terror attacks.