The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Mohammad Tawfiq Badarna, 26, died after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest during clashes with them in the village of Ya’bad, west of the West Bank city of Jenin. .
According to eyewitnesses and local sources, an Israeli army force stormed the village to arrest Palestinians wanted by Israel for carrying out attacks against Israelis.
Meanwhile, an Israeli military spokesman said in a statement that Israeli troops entered the city to arrest a wanted militant.
“During the activity, armed suspects fired at the soldiers and explosive devices were thrown in the area,” the statement said, adding that Israeli soldiers returned fire on the suspects and arrested the militant.
The Israeli soldiers also seized an M-16 rifle and 50,000 new shekels ($14,493) in cash that were designated for “terrorist activities,” according to the statement.
On Tuesday, five Palestinians were killed and 15 wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Since January, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israel, including 50 in the Gaza Strip, and 31 Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks, according to official Palestinian and Israeli statistics.
Tension between Israelis and Palestinians has been on the rise since March, with the Israeli army making daily raids into the West Bank in response to attacks carried out by Palestinians. ■