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

Noam Raz, the veteran police commando, who was killed in an Israeli operation near in the 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.

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