Wanted Palestinian gunman killed by Israeli forces in West Bank raid

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A Palestinian gunman who was behind a series of shooting attacks in the West Bank was shot dead on Thursday morning during a raid by Israeli forces near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, police said.

According to a Border Police spokesman, undercover officers entered the town of ‘Izbat Shufa, on the outskirts of Tulkarem, to arrest 25-year-old Amir Khadijah after receiving information from the Shin Bet security agency about his whereabouts. he.

The police said that when forces arrived at a hidden apartment where Khadijah was holed up, the suspect opened fire on the officers, who shot him back, wounding him.

The officers then broke into the apartment, and Khadijah opened fire again at Israeli forces, police said. The officers returned fire and killed the suspect, the spokesman said.

No officers were injured during the raid.

Khadijah was accused of carrying out several shooting attacks against Israeli settlements near Tulkarem and against Israeli forces at the nearby Te’enim Checkpoint.

Several Palestinian media reports identified Khadijah as the commander of the so-called Tulkarem Battalion, an armed group operating in the city.

Videos circulating on social media showed Khadijah shooting Israeli forces during a previous conflict several months ago.

A Palestinian man suspected of aiding Khadijah was also detained at the scene after turning himself into the forces. He was to be taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet.

Police said Khadijah’s M16 assault rifle was seized and his car impounded.

Also overnight, an Israeli motorist and an army post were targeted in separate shooting attacks in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said.

In the first incident, an Israeli civilian driving near Adam Junction, close to the settlement of Geva, caught fire. Several bullets hit the car, but the driver was not unharmed.

The IDF said troops had launched a manhunt for the suspects in the attack.

In a second incident overnight, Palestinian guns opened fire at an IDF post near the town of Yabed in the northern West Bank, outside Jenin.

The IDF said no soldiers were injured in the attack.

Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early March 23, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Over the past year, Palestinian gunmen have repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

Tensions have risen sharply in the West Bank, with the IDF conducting almost nightly raids amid a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Palestine.

In separate arrest raids early Thursday, the IDF said troops detained eight Palestinians suspected of involvement in terrorist activities.

Palestinian attacks on Israel and the West Bank in recent months have left 15 people dead – almost all of them Israeli – and many more injured.

At least 86 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, most of them in attacks or during clashes with security forces, although some were unrelated civilians and others were killed under circumstances that are being investigated.

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