IDF soldier in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield 390 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Soldiers sent to arrest four security suspects near Jenin clashed with
Palestinian rioters, who threw improvised bombs at the soldiers as they drove
out of a village overnight Wednesday.
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an
cited medical sources as saying that 21-year-old Ahmed Imad Yusef was killed on
the spot, hit in the chest by a bullet.
As the IDF launched an
investigation into the incident, but military sources said the man might have
been hit by Palestinian gunfire.
The arrests and subsequent clashes
occurred in the village of Kabatiya, southwest of Jenin.
An IDF source
said that after the four suspects were arrested, army jeeps exiting the village
came under sustained attack from rocks and homemade explosives, and the soldiers
felt their lives to be under threat.
The troops used non-lethal crowd
dispersal means, and fired three shots into the air, the source
“We’re checking reports that a Palestinian was hit,” the source
The man killed was not on the list of wanted security
Army sources are checking two possibilities; either one of the
soldiers provided false testimony and did in fact shoot Yusef, or Yusef was hit
by Palestinian gunfire.
“The arrests went smoothly,” the source told The
. “The soldiers came under attack at the exit stage of the