Israeli forces kill Palestinian and arrest a militant leader in West Bank raids

At least seven Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military so far this week

A bullet hole in a shop window after an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp, West Bank. AP
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An Israeli drone hit outposts in the Gaza Strip as violent protests persisted on Friday, and soldiers shot a Palestinian fighter dead during a raid in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad fighter was killed during an Israeli raid on the village of Kafr Dan, west of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank on Friday morning, Palestinian state news agency Wafa said.

The PIJ and Wafa identified him as Abdullah Emad Abu Al Hassan, 18, who died after Israeli forces shot him in the abdomen.

He was killed “while confronting enemy forces who stormed the village of Kafr Dan, west of Jenin, at dawn today”, the PIJ said.

An exchange of gunfire took place in Kafr Dan, during which Israeli forces used live ammunition, tear gas and stun grenades, which led to Mr Abu Al Hasan's death. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, Wafa said.

The Israeli military said the Gaza drone strikes hit two military posts belonging to Hamas and a tank shell hit another post from which shots had been fired on troops confronting protesters.

The Hamas-affiliated radio station Aqsa said two people had been wounded.

Palestinians in Gaza have been holding protests over several days, with youths throwing stones and improvised explosive devices at Israeli troops, who have responded with live fire.

Protesters have also launched incendiary balloons into Israeli territory, starting fires in areas near the separation fence, the Israeli military said.

On Wednesday, four men were killed by Israeli forces, including a 15-year-old boy. At least seven Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this week alone, including Mr Abu Al Hassan.

In another raid in the Palestinian city of Nablus, one of the leaders of the Lions' Den armed group, Khaled Abdel Wahab Tabila, 29, was arrested, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

This year has been the deadliest on record since 2005, with more than 100 Palestinians killed, including children, and about 30 Israelis, the UN said,

Updated: September 22, 2023, 6:47 PM