Palestinian Militant, Brother of Fatah Military Leader, Dies in Israeli Hospital After Jenin Fighting

Daoud Zubeidi was taken to a Haifa hospital after being wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank, which also left an Israeli officer dead

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Smoke rises from a home during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank town of Jenin, on Friday.
Smoke rises from a home during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank town of Jenin, on Friday.Credit: Majdi Mohammed/AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian militant, brother of a prominent Fatah military leader, died on Sunday in an Israeli hospital, two days after being wounded in a shootout with Israeli forces in Jenin.

Daoud Zubeidi was hit in the stomach during an hours-long standoff at the Jenin refugee camp, when Israeli forces surrounded the house of an Islamic Jihad militant, who eventually turned himself in.

Zubeidi, 41, was taken to a hospital in Haifa in critical condition, and on Sunday he was pronounced dead.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said it was informed by Israeli authorities of Zubiedi's death. A Fatah official in Jenin said the group "has received no information" about plans to transfer the body to Jenin for burial.

A former inmate in Israeli prisons, Daoud is the brother of Zakaria Zubeidi, a leader of Fatah's military arm, Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and one of the six prisoners who escaped Israel's maximum security Gilboa Prison last year.

The fighting in Jenin over the weekend also killed an Israeli officer and left another Palestinian in critical condition and about a dozen more wounded.

Israeli police said 47-year-old Noam Raz, a member of its Special Anti-Terror Unit was shot in Burqin, in the northern West Bank. He was taken to hospital in serious condition and was later pronounced dead. Raz, a resident of the West Bank outpost of Kida, is survived by a wife and six children. He was laid to rest on Sunday.

The Israeli raid in Jenin came two days after Shireen Abu Akleh, a reporter for Qatar-based Al Jazeera network, was killed in an exchange of gunfire between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen in the same area.

Israeli military officials said that some of the forces that entered the refugee camp on tyhe day of Zubeidi's injury were there as part of the Israeli probe into Abu Akleh's death.

Israel has conducted near-daily raids in Jenin and other parts of the West Bank in recent weeks, following a series of deadly attacks in Israel carried out by militants from the area.

In Sunday's cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the recent uptick in terror attacks and subsequent military activity, saying that the government supports the soldiers operating in Jenin. "The government will not put limits on the fight against terror, we will persist, even in the face of false propaganda against Israel." he said.

As Palestinians mark the 74th Nakba Day – a commemoration for the loss of homeland in the conflict surrounding the birth of the modern Jewish state, police decided to bolster their presence mainly in Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount compound, which saw an uptick in violence and police brutality throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

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