A Palestinian gunman was killed early on Thursday morning in an exchange of fire
with the IDF, during a security operation in Kalkilya.
The gunman was a
member of the Palestinian security forces. He was known to security forces for
his role in a Fatah-Tanzim terrorist cell, that carried out shooting attacks on
the IDF in recent past, the source added.
Security sources said the
operation, in which a paratroop reconnaissance battalion entered the West Bank
city, was aimed at seizing arms and carrying out security searches, stressing
that Kalkilya has become the scene of regular shooting attacks on the
“We went in to catch these shooters,” an army source told The
. “As soon as we were in, the shooting began.”
for this, and our job is to be on the front lines, so that this violence does
not get to roads or other areas used by civilians,” the source
Subsequent searches of the area uncovered a Jericho handgun, which
soldiers seized.On Wednesday night
, an exchange of fire between
Palestinian gunmen and the IDF in Jenin left a Hamas member dead. He was known
to IDF intelligence for throwing explosives at security forces in the past, a
security source said.
The army was not drawing any direct connections
between the firefights in Kalkilya and Jenin over the previous 12
In Jenin, too, army forces sent to carry out routine security
missions have faced live fire in recent months. In Wednesday’s incident,
Palestinians also attacked the elite counterterrorism unit with improvised
grenades and Molotov cocktails, according to military sources.
soldiers responded with live fire after assessing that their lives were in
danger, the sources said.
The counterterrorism unit was attempting to
arrest an Islamic Jihad member, but as a result of the clashes, it left Jenin
There were no injuries among security forces in either