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Four members of an Islamic Jihad terror cell were arrested Thursday in a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation in Kabatiya, south of Jenin.
During the operation, troops found two 20 kilogram bombs. Sappers safely detonated the explosives.
Earlier Thursday, IDF troops shot dead an armed Palestinian as he was preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail at soldiers in the West Bank village of Kufr Malik.
The IDF said he was one of three men an army patrol spotted carrying firebombs under cover of darkness and he was shot when he ignored warning fire. The other two escaped.
Palestinian medics identified the dead man as Aziz Yousef, 20, and said his body was handed over by Israeli officials before dawn.
During the night, another Palestinian fire-bomber died in a Ramallah hospital after being shot Wednesday during what the IDF said was a mob attack on an army position in nearby Jelazoun refugee camp. Hospital staff named him as Mohammed Ramahi, 21.
The IDF said Ramahi was shot with a blazing firebomb in his hand as he prepared to lob it at troops.
Violence had erupted in the camp after the funeral of a teenage resident shot dead Tuesday as he too was preparing to carry out a firebomb attack, near a Jewish settlement, the army said.
Citing a recent wave of Molotov cocktail attacks in the area between Jerusalem and Ramallah, the army has been stepping up efforts to stop them, including laying nighttime ambushes near potential targets.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.