A wanted terrorist was killed and dozens were injured in clashes that erupted in the West Bank town of Jenin overnight Tuesday after an attempt to arrest the man was met with violent resistance, the IDF said Tuesday.
The soldiers encountered “a violent riot” as “Palestinians hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails and improvised grenades at security forces who responded with riot dispersal means… Feeling an imminent threat to their lives, the soldiers returned fire toward the lower extremities of main instigators,” the IDF said.
One rioter was seriously injured in the shooting and was later hospitalized, and the target of the arrest attempt was shot while attempting to flee the scene and later died in an Israeli hospital, the IDF said.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency identified the man as Islam al-Tubasi, 19, and said dozens of Jenin residents were injured in the clashes. Salah Nael Ghazzawi, 13, was shot in the leg and hospitalized, according to Ma’an.
“The ongoing terrorist threat from the Jenin area requires that the IDF maintain operational access in the area,” an IDF spokesman said in a Tuesday statement.
“The attack against the forces warranted a forceful response in self defense. The IDF will review the circumstances of the shooting that led to the death of the terror suspect,” he added.
Last month, another IDF arrest operation in Jenin ended in one man killed and two people injured. Majed Lahlouh died from a bullet to his heart, Al-Jazeera reported, citing doctors at a Jenin hospital. Media reports gave his age as 19 or 22. An earlier report cited his age as 16.
Two soldiers were also lightly injured.
According to reports, the incident occurred during an operation while the IDF Nahal Haredi unit and the Border Police were looking to detain alleged terrorists, including one specific suspect.
Within a short period of time, hundreds of Palestinian gathered to protest the operation, shooting at the Israeli forces and throwing stones at them. The troops were reportedly instructed to respond by firing at the lower body parts of the rioters.