IDF kills wanted Palestinian man near Ramallah
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IDF kills wanted Palestinian man near Ramallah

Military sources say Moataz Washaha was suspected of involvement in planning and carrying out terror attacks in the West Bank

Palestinians stand outside the house of Palestinian Moataz Washaha, who died during an IDF operation to arrest him in the northern West Bank town of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah on February 27, 2014. (Photo credit: Abbas Momani/AFP)
Palestinians stand outside the house of Palestinian Moataz Washaha, who died during an IDF operation to arrest him in the northern West Bank town of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah on February 27, 2014. (Photo credit: Abbas Momani/AFP)

A Palestinian died during an IDF raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit on Thursday, the military and a Palestinian security source said.

“After the army left the house and the town, the body of Moataz Washaha, 22, was found,” the Palestinian source said.

The army confirmed the death of a “Palestinian suspected of terror activity.”

“After the suspect was called upon to turn himself in, he barricaded himself inside his house,” the army said in a statement.

Soldiers responded with “live fire” and recovered an assault rifle, it added.

Soldiers entered Birzeit, north of the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah, on Thursday morning and used riot control methods to clear stone-throwing Palestinians from their path to the house, the army said.

Sources in the military told Reuters that the man was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had helped plan and carry out numerous attacks across the West Bank.

An unconfirmed report by the independent Palestinian Ma’an news agency said that the IDF had actually encircled the house in search of Washaha’s brother Thaer, who was wanted in connection with his activity in the PFLP.

The death came as human rights group Amnesty International accused Israel of killing dozens of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank over the past three years.

Its report, released earlier on Thursday, accused Israel of “war crimes and other serious violations of international law” against Palestinians.

Israel retorted that the London-based watchdog had not taken into account the increasing number of attacks on its forces over the past year and had not sought comment before publication.

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