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Gunman killed as IDF troops come under fire in West Bank

No casualties among troops; army says two other shooters arrested in attack near Turmus Aya village

A Palestinian youth covers his face with a scarf with an image of senior PA official Ziad Abu Ein in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, Friday, December 19, 2014. (Photo credit:AP/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian youth covers his face with a scarf with an image of senior PA official Ziad Abu Ein in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, Friday, December 19, 2014. (Photo credit:AP/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian gunman opened fire on IDF troops near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya on Tuesday evening. The soldiers returned fire, and one of the gunmen was killed; there were no casualties among the troops.

The military said “shots were fired” at a patrol near the village, and that “forces responded with fire towards the attackers.”

“One hit was confirmed and two suspects have been detained at the scene,” the IDF said in a statement, with officials confirming the death of one assailant.

The attack came four days after gunmen ambushed an Israeli vehicle, killing Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18-year-old son Netanel.

A teenage son of the family suffered shrapnel wounds and the others were treated for minor injuries in the attack, near the southern West Bank settlement of Otniel, near Hebron.

Israel this week filed a complaint with the International Committee of the Red Cross, after the wounded from Friday’s attack claimed that a Red Crescent ambulance drove past and did not help them.

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