IDF Troops Kill Palestinian During West Bank Arrest Raid

Soldiers open fire on suspect after he attempted to escape, the army says; similar incident occurred during arrest operation in Jenin three weeks ago.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a wanted Palestinian militant before dawn on Tuesday during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.

Soldiers from the IDF's special police unit opened fire on the suspect when he tried to escape during their attempts to detain him, the military said. The suspect was seriously wounded and died in hospital.

A Palestinian security source identified the victim as Islam al-Tubasi. The militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement mourning Tubasi as one of its members.

Palestinian protesters hurled firebombs and homemade grenades at the soldiers in the wake of the incident. One soldier was lightly wounded.

Al-Tubasi is the fifth Palestinian killed in the West Bank since Israel and Palestinians resumed peace talks in July.

Last month, three Palestinians were shot and killed during clashes with Israeli Border Police in a refugee camp near Jerusalem. Fifteen Palestinians were wounded in the incident.

According to reports, a large force of the Border Police entered Qalandiyah, at the outskirts of Ramallah, early in the morning to arrest a terror susepct. The officers arrived in commercial, non-military vehicles, at the house of the suspect when dozens of young Palestinians spotted them. A clash involving live fire ensued.

A week earlier, a Palestinian was shot and killed in Jenin during clashes with IDF soldiers and Border Police officers carrying out an arrest raid there. Two other Palestinians were wounded.