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Shots fired at military post, troops along northern West Bank barrier; no injuries

Manhunt launched for gunmen in two separate shooting incidents, one near checkpoint shuttered after last week’s deadly shooting near Palestinian village of Jalamah

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

File: Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Salem base near the West Bank town of Jenin, following an attack by Palestinians who opened fire and were killed by Israeli security forces, May 7, 2021. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)
File: Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Salem base near the West Bank town of Jenin, following an attack by Palestinians who opened fire and were killed by Israeli security forces, May 7, 2021. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

Shots were fired Tuesday morning at a military position along the security barrier in the northern West Bank, the Border Police said.

According to police, a number of bullet impact points were spotted on a dirt road inside the Salem base, close to the Arab Israeli town of the same name along the security barrier.

Police said officers and Israel Defense Forces troops launched a manhunt for the alleged Palestinian gunmen.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, the IDF said shots were fired at troops operating along the northern West Bank security barrier, near the town of Faqqua.

No officers or soldiers were hurt in either incident.

The shootings came at a time of rising violence in the West Bank, particularly in the northern area.

Last week, an Israeli officer was killed in a gun battle with two Palestinians along the northern West Bank security barrier, near the Palestinian village of Jalamah. The pair were also slain in the clash.

The Jalamah and Salem checkpoints were shuttered for several days following the shooting, and reopened on Sunday.

Israeli soldiers block the entrance to the Jalamah checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, September 14, 2022. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Tensions have spiked in the region in recent weeks as Israeli forces have ratcheted up arrest raids and other counterterror efforts that Palestinians say inflame anger.

Israeli troops have repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in the West Bank. The military launched the operation after a series of deadly attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May.

More than 2,000 suspects have been detained since the beginning of this year, according to the Shin Bet security service.

In Israeli raids across the West Bank early Tuesday, troops detained eight wanted Palestinians, the IDF said.

Meanwhile, at least 98 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, according to a tally from the PA health ministry. The list included Palestinians who carried out attacks inside Israel, teens violently protesting the IDF’s nightly raids, and bystanders like Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.

Many of the IDF’s arrests in recent months have concentrated on Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank, where a number of the terrorists who committed the attacks earlier this year hailed from.

Israeli security officials have warned in recent months that the Palestinian Authority is losing control of the northern West Bank.

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