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Palestinians say man killed in clashes with Israeli troops in northern West Bank

IDF says soldiers were shot at, had bomb thrown at them during arrest raid in village of Tubas, near Nablus; slain man apparently linked to terror groups

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh, a suspected member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops in the village of Tubas in the northern West Bank on November 16, 2021. (Social media)
Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh, a suspected member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops in the village of Tubas in the northern West Bank on November 16, 2021. (Social media)

A Palestinian man was shot dead during clashes with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Authority health ministry said.

The man, Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh, 26, appeared to have ties to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terror groups, though the organizations did not immediately claim him as a member. The Israeli military indicated he was shot dead while throwing a bomb at soldiers from a moving car.

According to Palestinian media, the Israeli security forces had entered the village of Tubas, northeast of Nablus, early Tuesday to conduct an arrest raid. During the incursion, violent clashes broke out between the troops and residents of the village.

The Israel Defense Forces said the soldiers made two arrests during the raid.

“During the operation, shots were fired at the soldiers and an explosive device was thrown at them from a moving car. The soldiers returned fire at the suspicious vehicle,” the military said.

No Israeli troops were injured in the clashes, the IDF said.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, the bullet hit Odeh’s “left shoulder and heart before settling in his left lung.”

The IDF said it was aware of the reports of Odeh’s death, but would not comment on the matter further.

After his death, Odeh was brought to a morgue, where he was wrapped in both an Islamic Jihad and a Hamas flag, something normally only done for members of the organizations.

On an almost nightly basis, Israeli soldiers and police officers enter Palestinian villages and cities to arrest people, mostly young men and teenagers, suspected of belonging to terrorist organizations, as well as for lesser offenses like throwing rocks at passing cars in the West Bank or taking part in violent protests against security forces.

Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report.

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