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IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to infiltrate the settlement of Barkan in the West Bank early Thursday morning.
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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.
An initial investigation of the incident by the regional IDF
commander concluded that the attempted infiltration was likely of a
criminal and not terrorist nature.
During the night, the military force
detected a number of Palestinians in the vicinity of Barkan. Suspecting
one of them was armed, the soldiers called on them to stop, and when
ignored, opened fire at their feet.
When the Palestinians did not
stop, the soldiers then opened fire at their upper bodies, in line with
IDF fire regulations.
One Palestinian was killed, and others
fled the area. The IDF is conducting searches for the other members of
Head of Civil Administration
Brig.-Gen Yoav Mordechai spoke early Thursday with the Palestinian
commanders in the Kalkilya region and urged them to restrain their
forces and the local Palestinian population in response to the incident.
and the Palestinian commanders also agreed to establish a joint team to
investigate the incident. The Palestinian commander had already toured
the scene of the shooting early Thursday.
Over the past two
years, the IDF has noted a sharp decline in Palestinian terrorism in the
West Bank, particularly in attempted infiltration in settlements, due
to a combined effort by the IDF as well as Palestinian forces to curb
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Two Palestinians were killed and several others
wounded by Israeli gunfire near Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip.
men were reportedly known Islamic Jihad operatives.
The cell, consisting
of several men, was seen approaching the border. IDF commanders
nearby tank to open fire, fearing that the cell planned to launch an
missile at soldiers who were patrolling the border.
Since Operation Cast
Lead 19 months ago, the IDF has noted a sharp drop in the number of
attacks from the Gaza Strip, and particularly in the number of rockets
IDF sources have warned, however, that while Hamas
and Islamic Jihad have cut back their rocket attacks, they are still
large-scale attacks along the border.