The unit ambushed his car at a roundabout before firing into the car, the sources added.

  

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

  

Abu Obeid's death comes one day after Israeli police arrested an Islamic Jihad operative from Jenin at a flat in a Tel Aviv  suburb on suspicion of preparing a suicide bombing.

 

   Islamic Jihad last carried out a suicide attack in Israel on January 29, when three people were killed in the Red Sea resort of Eilat