Troops shoot at Palestinians hurling firebombs at West Bank post; 1 said killed

IDF says pair of suspects approached military post outside Psagot settlement with Molotov cocktails; Hamas says dead man was a member

Illustrative: Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early September 21, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early September 21, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops opened fire at two Palestinians who threw firebombs toward a military post near a West Bank settlement on Friday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Health officials cited by the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa said one of the assailants sustained critical injuries and later died of his wounds. The second Palestinian suffered light injuries to the lower limbs in the shooting, according to the report.

Wafa named the fatality as Muhammad Jibril Rummana, without providing his age or residence, but said both were young Palestinian men.

The Hamas terror group issued a statement describing Rummana as one of its members who fell as a “heroic martyr” while “defending the freedom of (his) people.”

The IDF said in a statement Friday night that troops opened fire on the two Palestinians after they hurled “Molotov cocktails at a military post” outside the settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah.

There were no casualties among the Israeli troops, the military said.

The IDF said the two received medical treatment following the shooting.

Wafa reported that the two Palestinians were in a vehicle outside the Psagot settlement when they were fired upon. The news agency claimed Israeli forces prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from providing treatment.

Early Friday, the military said troops responded with live fire after Palestinian suspects traveling in a vehicle opened fire outside the settlement of Beit El, north of Jerusalem. The IDF said soldiers who were on an operation nearby shot at the vehicle, hitting one suspect.

Separately, the military said troops arrested one suspect in the Ramallah suburb of El-Bireh in the West Bank overnight. During the arrest, residents threw stones and firecrackers at the soldiers who responded with riot dispersal means.

The suspect was transferred to security forces for interrogation, according to the IDF.

Channel 13 reported Friday evening that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to convene a special security assessment on Sunday to discuss recent violence on the border with Gaza and hear from security officials on dozens of reported terror alerts over the Sukkot holiday.

According to the report, the security assessment is set to cover recent unrest on the Gaza border, terror threats in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and trips by Jewish visitors to the flashpoint Temple Mount site in the Old City over Sukkot.

AFP contributed to this report

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