West Bank: Palestinian shot dead following fatal attack on Jewish settler

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  July 6, 2023

Killings come as tensions remain high following raid on Jenin.

An Jewish settler was killed in a shooting on Thursday afternoon in the occupied West Bank.

The shooting took place near an illegal Jewish settlement in the northern occupied West Bank, called Kedumin. 

The Israeli army said that the assailant attempted to flee, but was quickly shot dead by Israeli forces.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers are at the scene and are carrying out searches for other possible suspects. 

A spokesperson from Hamas said that the shooting was part of the “ongoing response to the Israeli aggression against Jenin and the protracted crimes against our Palestinian people”.

Aftermath of Israeli raid on Jenin 

The shooting comes days after Israel’s large-scale military raid on Jenin, which resulted in the killing of 12 Palestinians and displaced over 4,000 people from their homes. 

Hundreds of armed Israeli soldiers and military vehicles stormed the camp and adjacent areas in the early hours of Monday this week, under heavy cover from helicopters. 

The Jenin refugee camp was left in ruins following the offensive, with infrastructure and buildings heavily damaged, leaving thousands of people without access to basic resources.

Earlier this week, a Palestinian rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in Tel Aviv before carrying out a stabbing attack, wounding eight people, on the second day of Israel’s biggest military operation in the occupied West Bank in years.

The Palestinian, identified as 20-year-old Abed al-Wahab Khalaila from Hebron, was shot and killed by an armed civilian at the scene, Israeli police said.

Since Monday, the Israeli military has been deploying drones, Apache helicopters, army bulldozers, and ground forces in its worst attack on Jenin in two decades.