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‘One of the best’: officers, officials mourn death of police commando Noam Raz

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Noam Raz, the veteran police commando, who was killed in an Israeli operation near Jenin in the West Bank on Friday, was hailed as a hero and beloved family man.

Raz, 47, was a founding member and resident of the settlement of Kida in the West Bank and leaves behind a wife and six children.

Police chief Kobi Shabtai said Raz, a 23-year veteran of the elite Yamam counterterrorism unit, was one of the best officers in the force.

“We bow our heads in the memory of Noam Raz z”l who fell in an exchange of fire with terrorists,” said Shabtai. “Noam was a dedicated husband, an exemplary father, and one of the best fighters in the Israel Police.”

He revealed that Raz, who was a paramedic in the unit, had recently saved the life of a seriously wounded comrade during previous clashes in Jenin in recent weeks.

“Heroism and values were inherent in his character and operational activity in the Yamam,” he said.

לוחם הימ"מ נעם רז שנהרג בפעילות בג'נין, היה מתנדב באיחוד הצלה, הכרתי אותו מאד טוב, הוא הציל חיים של מאות אנשים, הלב נשבר. יהיה זכרו ברוך. pic.twitter.com/wniEIrLugb

— חמי טרכטנברג (@CHAMiT1221) May 13, 2022

Raz was hit during an operation that included raids on terror suspects’ homes in the town of Burqin,........

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