Palestinian Killed in Israeli Military Raid on Tel Aviv Attacker's Jenin Home

Islamic Jihad's military wing identifies man killed as a member, who the Israeli army said fired on its forces. Nazareth deputy mayor, who is related to him, expressed his condolences to the family in a since-deleted post

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Israeli military in Jenin on Saturday
Israeli military in Jenin on Saturday
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian militant has been killed and at least a dozen others were wounded in an exchange of fire with Israeli military forces in the West Bank on Saturday, according to Israeli and Palestinian accounts.

Israeli military forces surrounded a compound in Jenin belonging to the family of Raad Hazem, who carried out a deadly attack in central Te Aviv on Thursday. During the raids, the army said soldiers came under fire. Troops fired back, killing one militant.

Israeli military forces in Jenin on SaturdayCredit:

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man killed as Ahmed al-Sa'di, and the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, Al-Quds Brigades, identified him as a member. The armed group praised its members in Jenin for "stopping the Israeli raid."

According to the Health Ministry, three of the 13 wounded are in serious condition, including a 19-year-old woman who sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

Israeli military forces in Jenin on Saturday

The Israeli police said that one of the wounded, who was evacuated to an Israeli hospital in critical condition, was wanted by the Shin Bet security services and therefore arrested.

The army said it also conducted an arrest operation on people suspected of militant activity. The police announced that two individuals wanted by the Shin Bet were also arrested, and that Raad Hazem's home was mapped in preparation for its demolition. 

Israel often demolishes the homes of Palestinian attackers in a controversial practice that it says deters future attackers but which critics dismiss as collective punishment.

Palestinian reports said the military also surrounded a compound belonging to the family in the village of Dayr Ghazale in the northern West Bank. 

Samir Saadi, a deputy mayor in Nazareth, expressed his condolences to the family of the Islamic Jihad militant who was killed on Saturday, who is related to him. "I ask Allah to receive him with the martyrs and the righteous," he wrote on Facebook, but deleted the post shortly after.

Two weeks ago, Umm al-Fahm Mayor Samir Mahameed  said he was going to resign from his position after having expressed his condolences to the families of two assailants – both from Umm al-Fham – who were shot dead in Hadera ealier in March, after having killed two Israeli Border Police officers. He walked back from his resignation few hours later.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the Jenin raid, dubbing it an "unbridled Israeli attack," which adds on to settler violence against Palestinian civilians.

"This is an escalation aimed at eliminating any possibility of political process and denying the rights of Palestinian people," it said in a statement.

Three people were killed and 10 more were injured in Hazem's shooting attack on patrons sitting at a bar on Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street on Thursday. Hazem managed to escape and was caught following a manhunt that lasted about eight and a half hours. 

He was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa and was shot dead by security forces.

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