Palestinian killed as Israelis raid Jenin-area village

Israeli army raided the village of Wadi Burqin in the northern West Bank and killed a Palestinian man.

    Israeli forces raided the village of Wadi Burqin in the occupied West Bank on Saturday night [Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]
    Israeli forces raided the village of Wadi Burqin in the occupied West Bank on Saturday night [Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]

    A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during a confrontation sparked by the soldiers.

    Ahmad Samir Obeid, 19, was shot in the head after the Israeli army raided the village of Wadi Burqin, near the northern town of Jenin on Saturday night.

    He was taken to the local hospital, where doctors declared his death a short time later. He is the seventh Palestinian to be killed by Israel this year.

    Eight other Palestinians were injured by the Israeli army, who used live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets. Local media reported that at least four Palestinians were arrested.

    The army was accompanied by bulldozers and drones, and lay siege to several houses in the village, in their continued search for another Palestinian, Ahmad Jarrar.

    The 22-year-old Jarrar is wanted by the Israeli army for his alleged role in the killing of a Jewish settler last month. His cousin, who has the same name, was killed on January 18 after a ten-hour military operation by the Israeli army, in what Palestinians believe was a case of mistaken identity.

    Residents told local media that soldiers used loudspeakers to call out, "Ahmad Jarrar, turn yourself in or we will demolish the village house by house."

    A curfew was also imposed on Wadi Burqin, and some residents were forcefully kicked out of their homes as the soldiers temporarily turned them into military bases.

    Three homes belonging to the Jarrar family were previously demolished by the army during their first incursion in January.

    The Israeli military did not comment on the raid.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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