Palestinian killed in Jenin as Israeli forces raid home of Tel Aviv attacker

A relative shows a photo of Ra'ad Hazem (28) a Palestinian from Jenin refugee camp who opened fire in a Tel Aviv bar on April 7 (AFP)

The National  /  April 9, 2022

At least 10 others wounded in raid on refugee camp, Palestinian Health Ministry says.

Israeli forces shot a man dead and injured 10 people near the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday as they raided the home of the gunman who killed three people in Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The ministry identified the dead man as Ahmad Sa’adi from the Jenin refugee camp. It said he was shot in the head and chest.

Two of the injured were shot in the abdomen and were undergoing surgery, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.

The Israeli army confirmed that a military operation was under way at the camp, a stronghold of armed factions in the north of the occupied Palestinian territory.

The raid follows an attack on a Tel Aviv bar by a Palestinian gunman on Thursday night. Two people died at the scene and another died of their injures on Friday. Israeli security forces found and killed the gunman hours later in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv. He was identified as Ra’ad Hazem, 28, from the Jenin refugee camp.

After the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he had given security agencies “full freedom” to curb a surge in violence since March 22.

“There are not and will not be limits for this war,” Mr Bennett said on Friday.

“We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet and all security forces in order to defeat the terror.”

A total of 14 people have been killed in attacks in Israel since March 22, including some carried out by assailants linked to or inspired by ISIS.

Over the same period, Israeli security forces have killed at least 11 Palestinians, including assailants.

Earlier this month Israeli forces killed three Islamic Jihad militants when they came under fire during an operation to arrest them in Jenin.

The raid, in which four Israeli soldiers were wounded, followed another deadly attack on March 29 in Bnei Brak, an Orthodox Jewish city near Tel Aviv.

In that attack, a Palestinian with an assault rifle killed two Israeli civilians, two Ukrainian nationals and an Arab-Israeli policeman.