Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank firefight
During the operation, the army said “violent disturbances erupted, including stone throwing, firebombs, explosives being thrown and heavy firing towards troops” and soldiers returned fire.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said a 29-year-old man was killed and 16 others injured in the fighting. The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, identified the man as Mohammad Musa Saabaneh. It was not immediately clear whether he was armed or involved in the clashes.
Israel maintains a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian attackers. Israeli officials say the demolitions discourage future attacks, while rights groups see them as a form of collective punishment.
Israel has been carrying out near-daily arrest raids in the West Bank for months, sparked by a series of deadly attacks on Israelis earlier this year that killed 19 people.
These attacks include the deadly shootout led by Hazem, who opened fire in a crowded Tel Aviv bar. He was later killed in a shootout with Israeli security forces.
Dozens of Palestinians were killed during this period, many of them militants or people involved in clashes, but some civilians were also killed, including one who inadvertently crossed a combat zone and a veteran Al Jazeera journalist covering raids.
Israel says the arrest raids are intended to dismantle militant networks that have taken hold, particularly around the West Bank city of Jenin which has become a stronghold of armed struggle against Israel. The Palestinians say the operations are aimed at maintaining Israel’s 55-year military occupation of territory they want for an independent state.
Israel captured the West Bank, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Middle East War and the Palestinians are seeking these territories for a future state.