Last updated: 18 December, 2013

Israeli army shoots Palestinian dead in Jenin clash

The Israeli army shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded others Wednesday in clashes that erupted following military activity in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said.

Palestinian security sources named the man as Nafaa al-Saedi, 23, of the radical Islamic Jihad movement.

The clashes erupted during an operation “to arrest a suspect” in Jenin, according to an Israeli military statement, when Palestinians “opened fire and threw improvised grenades and explosive devices at security forces”.

The Israelis opened fire wounding “several Palestinians,” who were taken by the army to an Israeli hospital. “One casualty died of his wounds on the way to the hospital,” said the army.

According to the director of the Palestinian emergency medical services in Jenin, clashes erupted after Israeli forces entered the Jenin refugee camp, and six casualties were taken to a Jenin hospital.

He said another Palestinian, who was seriously wounded, was still being held by Israel.

Palestinian security sources told AFP the soldiers had arrived to arrest Saedi and another Palestinian, 21-year-old Ali Qassem al-Saedi, who were at the home of a Hamas leader who had been arrested by Israel.

Following the incident “approximately 100 Palestinians violently attacked the security forces by hurling rocks”, the Israeli army said in its statement. “Riot dispersal means were used to contain the disturbances.”

Wednesday’s death brought to 27 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of this year, the great majority in the occupied West Bank, according to an AFP tally.

On December 7, troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian during a clash in Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah.