IDF reservists 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to infiltrate the Barkan
settlement early on Thursday morning.
The Israeli force had laid an
ambush near the settlement, located not far from Kalkilya, after a number of
attempted infiltrations had been reported in recent weeks.
investigation of the incident by the regional IDF commander concluded that the
attempted infiltration was likely of a criminal and not terrorist
During the night, the soldiers detected a number of Palestinians
in the vicinity of Barkan. Suspecting one of them was armed, the
on them to stop, and when ignored, opened fire at their feet.
Palestinians did not stop, the soldiers then opened fire at their upper
in line with IDF fire regulations. One Palestinian was killed and others
Head of the Civil Administration Brig.-Gen Yoav Mordechai spoke
on Thursday with the Palestinian commanders in the Kalkilya region and
them to restrain their forces and the local Palestinian population in
to the incident.
Mordechai and the Palestinian commanders also agreed to
establish a joint team to investigate the incident. Palestinian
toured the scene of the shooting shortly afterwards.
Over the past two
years, the IDF has noted a sharp decline in Palestinian terrorism in the
Bank, particularly in attempted infiltration in settlements, due to a
effort by the IDF and Palestinian forces to curb terror in the
Violence broke out along the Gaza border in a similar incident on
After weeks of relative quiet, clashes erupted as IDF soldiers
opened fire at a terrorist cell approaching the border fence. Two
were killed and several were wounded.
The dead men were reportedly known
Islamic Jihad operatives.