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December 19, 2013 10:05 am

Israeli Forces Kill Two Gunmen During West Bank Operations

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IDF soldiers training in a mock Lebanese village. Photo: Paul Alster. Two Palestinian gunmen were killed during separate Israeli arrest operations in Judea and Samaria.

In the first incident, Israel Defense Forces troops were fired upon during an arrest operation in the Jenin refugee camp on Wednesday night. The troops returned fire, killing one Palestinian.

The incident began around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night when Israeli counter-terror forces entered the Jenin refugee camp to arrest an Islamic Jihad operative who had planned attacks on transportation arteries in Judea and Samaria. A disturbance broke out and Palestinians opened fire on the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers then responded with return fire, wounding several Palestinians. In addition to gunfire, the soldiers were also attacked with improvised explosive devices, an Israeli military spokesperson said. The wanted Islamic Jihad operative was not captured in the operation. Palestinian media reports identified the dead man as 22-year-old Hamas operative Nafa Jamil Saadi, a Jenin resident.

In the second incident, which took place early Thursday morning, Israeli troops killed a wanted Palestinian man, who opened fire on them in Qalqiliya as they attempted to arrest him. An Israeli military spokesperson said the wanted man, 28-year-old Saleh Yasin, had fired at Israeli troops several times in recent weeks. Yasin was an intelligence officer in the Palestinian Authority security forces.

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