IDF Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Militant in West Bank Ambush

Group says Mohammed Nazal, 24, was one of its leaders; five Qassams fired at western Negev earlier Sunday.

Israel Defense Forces troops ambushed and killed a Palestinian militant in the West Bank town of Jenin late Sunday, Palestinian security and hospital officials said.

An Islamic Jihad spokesperson said the militant, Mohammed Nazal, 24, was one of its leaders.

An IDF spokesman confirmed that the army was operating in the area but could not give further details.

Earlier Sunday, Palestinian militants fired five Qassam rockets at the western Negev causing damage to a construction site on the campus of the Sapir College near Sderot, two days after IDF troops completed an operation in Gaza in which 11 militants were killed and eight rockets seized.

The Islamic Jihad posted a statement on a website affiliated with the organization claiming responsibility for firing rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

On Saturday, three Qassam rockets landed in the western Negev, causing no injuries or damage. In two other cases, IDF troops came under fire while moving along the fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. There were no injuries.