IDF soldier in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield 390 R.
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The IDF killed one Palestinian and wounded eight others after Palestinians violently attacked soldiers trying to make an arrest in the West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday night.
Palestinians attacked the elite counterterorrism unit with improvised grenades and Molotov cocktails, according to military sources. The soldiers responded with live fire after assessing that their lives were in danger, the sources said.
The sources said that the IDF knew of two seriously wounded Palestinians and seven others who were injured, but the extent of their injuries were not immediately known to the army.
According to the B’Tselem human rights information center, one of the seriously wounded Palestinians died. Its spokeswoman, Sarit Michaeli, identified him as Nafe a-Sa’adi, 23.
An IDF source said, “The response by security forces was appropriate in light of the fact that their lives were clearly in danger.”
The unit was reportedly trying to arrest Hamas leader Abu al-Hayja, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported, but as a result of the clashes, the counterrorism unit left Jenin without the wanted suspect.
There were no injuries among members of the unit.
Subsequently, a second disturbance broke out in the area between Border Police and 100 Palestinians, according to security sources. That riot was quelled using nonlethal dispersal means, according to security sources.