IDF fires on Palestinians throwing pipe bombs near Jenin; one reportedly killed

No IDF soldiers were injured; Palestinian hospital officials said one man was killed and five were wounded by the IDF gunfire.

January 29, 2017 09:31
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Security forces at a checkpoint near Jenin. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

The army shot and killed a Palestinian after clashes broke out during an overnight raid in the Jenin refugee camp on Sunday, according to Palestinian medical officials.

According to the IDF, Palestinians threw pipe bombs and stones at soldiers, who responded by firing toward the main instigators.

No soldiers were wounded.

Muhammad Mahmoud Abu Khalifa, 16, was killed and five others were wounded in camp, according to the official Palestinian Authority news outlet Wafa.

Khalifa and the wounded were taken to the Martyr Khalil Suleiman Hospital, but Khalifa could not be moved until after the Israeli forces left the camp, Palestinian sources told Wafa.

“Violent clashes broke out with the occupation forces that raided the camp in the early morning and fired live bullets, sound bombs [stun grenades], and tear gas at citizens’ houses, leading to the martyrdom of the Abu Khalifa...

and the wounding of five others,” they said.

Fatah and the “national and Islamic forces” expressed their sorrow at the death of Abu Khalifa and announced a complete commercial strike.

Last week, five members of Abu Khalifa’s extended family, suspected of being Hamas members, were taken into custody during an IDF arrest raid in the same camp. Violent clashes also broke out, and a soldier was wounded by an explosive device thrown at the troops.

A funeral procession was held for Abu Khalifa on Sunday.

Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

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