IDF: Drone strike targeted Palestinian terror cell in vehicle near Jenin

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The scene of an Israeli drone strike on a vehicle near the West Bank city of Jenin on June 21, 2023 (Social media: Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
The scene of an Israeli drone strike on a vehicle near the West Bank city of Jenin on June 21, 2023 (Social media: Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

An Israeli drone struck a cell of Palestinian gunmen who opened fire at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank, the military and Shin Bet security agency say.

According to a joint statement, the gunmen opened fire at the  Jalamah checkpoint, north of the West Bank city of Jenin.

The Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet say that following the attack on the checkpoint, a drone carried out a strike on their vehicle.

The cell is responsible for a number of recent shooting attacks in the northern West Bank, the IDF and Shin Bet add.

It is not immediately how many Palestinians were killed or injured in the strike.

The strike marks the first targeted killing in the West Bank since the early 2000s.

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