A Palestinian terror suspect was killed Monday in a shootout with Israeli forces after resisting arrest and holing up in a building in a village south of Nablus, local media reported.
The slain Fatah operative was named as Zakaria Al-Aqra. At least five other Palestinians were injured in the exchange, and two others were arrested by Israeli Border Police. Two officers suffered light injuries in the gunfight, the police spokesperson said.
Palestinian and Israeli media reported that Al-Aqra, 24, opened fire on IDF troops who came to arrest him at his Qabalan home. Haaretz reported that the Border Police officers fired an anti-tank missile at the house. Amid an exchange of fire that lasted hours, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, the IDF began bulldozing sections of the building in an effort to pressure the suspect to surrender. Around 8 a.m., he was killed by IDF fire.
According to the army, Al-Aqra was involved in multiple shooting incidents at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. It said it found arms in the building after the siege ended.
Monday’s incident was the latest in a string of violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the restive West Bank amid widespread protests against Israel’s operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, 11-year-old Mohammed Khalil al-Anati was reportedly killed by Israeli soldiers near the city of Hebron. Witnesses said he was shot by Israeli soldiers. The Israeli military said it was looking into the reports.
The circumstances of Sunday’s shooting were not immediately clear.
On Friday, Palestinian medical officials said Israeli troops shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian at a protest against the Israeli military campaign.