Palestinian Killed by Israeli Fire During Military Raid in Jenin

Mohammed Maher Mar'i was shot during an anti-terrorism operation, the Israeli military said

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Mourners surround the body of Mohammmed Maher Mar'i in Jenin, on Wednesday.
Mourners surround the body of Mohammmed Maher Mar'i in Jenin, on Wednesday.

A Palestinian man was killed Wednesday by Israeli fire in Jenin, the latest fatality in the West Bank city that has seen an uptick in military raids over the past few months following a wave of attacks against Israelis perpetrated by residents of the area.

Mohammed Maher Mar'i, a 23-year-old resident of the Jenin refugee camp, was seriously wounded by Israeli gunfire in the city's east, according to Palestinian reports, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jenin locals say Mar'i was not a member of an active militant group or wanted for questioning by the Israeli army. However, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's military wing claimed he was one of its fighters.

The Israeli Defense Forces said soldiers opened fire at Palestinians who were hurling explosives at the forces during an anti-terrorism operation.

There were no casualties on the Israeli side.

The IDF separately reported that, during an overnight operation in the al-Aza refugee camp to apprehend a suspect and confiscate weapons, soldiers opened fire at a number of Palestinians who were throwing stones at them, and that one Palestinian was wounded.

The IDF added that it arrested a total of 13 Palestinian suspects during its broader overnight operations in the West Bank.

The Israeli military has conducted near-nightly West Bank operations since a fresh wave of terror attacks, which have left 19 dead, began hitting Israel earlier this year. The Palestinian Health Ministry says over 30 Palestinians have been killed in the operations, which have focused largely on Jenin and nearby villages.

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