Palestinian killed during Israeli raid in West Bank


JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian was killed during an Israeli military raid early Tuesday in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported.

In a statement, the Israeli Defense Forces said soldiers entered Jenin overnight to make an arrest of “a wanted terrorist” when a riot erupted. Israeli soldiers came under attack from Molotov cocktails, improvised grenades and live fire and responded in self-defense, the IDF said.

Several Palestinians were reported injured in the clashes, including one who died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital.


The victim, who was shot as he tried to escape arrest, was the target of the operation, the IDF said.

Palestinian sources identified the man as 19-year-old Islam Tubasi, and Israeli media reported that he was a militant member of the Islamic Jihad group.

Members of his family told the news agency Ma’an that special military units bombed the door and stormed the house, making for the roof where Tubasi slept. He tried to escape “and they shot him and dragged him out of the house” to an unknown place, they said.

An Israeli army spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said military officials would “review the circumstances that led to the death of the terror suspect.”

According to Lerner, an “ongoing terror threat” from the Jenin area requires that Israeli forces maintain “operational access” in the area.

Last month, another Palestinian was killed in Jenin during a similar raid. The following week, another incident left three Palestinians dead in the refugee camp of Kalandia near Jerusalem.


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