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Palestinian reported killed in clash with IDF soldiers in Jenin

Military says troops opened fire at suspects who hurled explosives; Islamic Jihad claims Mohammed Marei as member; 13 wanted Palestinians detained across West Bank

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

Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

A Palestinian man was reportedly shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces who were conducting an arrest raid early Wednesday in Jenin.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, troops entered the northern West Bank city to detain two wanted Palestinians.

“During the operation, IDF forces fired at several suspects who hurled explosive devices at them, and shooting was also heard in the area,” the IDF said, adding that “hits were identified.”

Palestinian media reported that the man, Mohammed Maher Marei, died of his wounds shortly after being shot. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad later claimed Marei as a member and images showed his body wrapped in the flag of the terror group.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, the IDF said troops fired at a Palestinian who hurled stones at forces during the arrest of a wanted Palestinian in the al-‘Azza refugee camp near Bethlehem. A rifle was also seized in the camp, the IDF said.

In total, 13 Palestinians suspected of “terror activities” were detained overnight, the military said.

Israeli security forces have stepped up their operations in the West Bank following a deadly wave of terror attacks that left 19 people dead between mid-March and the beginning of May. Many of the raids have concentrated on the unstable Jenin area, from where several of the attackers hailed.

At least 30 Palestinians were killed over the same period, according to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry. Some were shot by Israeli soldiers while committing terror attacks, while others were engaged in violent gunfights with soldiers, and still others were unarmed bystanders.

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