West Bank violence: Heavy gun battles reported in Jenin, 2 Palestinians killed

The IDF continued its increased activity in the West Bank on Thursday in an attempt to counter the growing number of terrorist attacks in recent weeks.

IDF forces operate in the West Bank overnight on April 13, 2022, as part of Operation Break the Wave. (CREDIT: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Two Palestinians were killed and at least four more injured in clashes with IDF forces in the Jenin area on Thursday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported on its Facebook page.

The names of the two men killed are Shas Kammaji and Mustafa Abu Al-Rub, Palestinian media reported. Kammaji was the brother of Ayham Kamamji, one of the six Gilboa Prison escapees who is in jail for two consecutive life sentences for kidnapping and shooting the teenager Eliyahu Asheri in 2006.

The IDF, Border Police and Shin Bet operated throughout the night and in the early morning at a number of locations throughout the Judea and Samaria Division as part of Operation Break the Wave, the IDF Spokesperson said.

The troops arrested two suspects and found two gun parts, a flak jacket with magazines and IDF uniforms in the Nur Shams refugee camp on the outskirts of Tulkarm. Later in the day, two Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire near a university in Tulkarm.

  IDF forces operate in the West Bank overnight on April 13, 2022, as part of Operation Break the Wave.  (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT) IDF forces operate in the West Bank overnight on April 13, 2022, as part of Operation Break the Wave. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Riots also occurred after the IDF entered Kafr Dan northwest of Jenin. Palestinians hurled improvised explosives and shot live fire, to which the IDF responded with live fire. No soldiers were injured, the IDF said. 

The forces also operated in Khirbat Sir, a town located 8 kilometers east of Kalkilya, and arrested six suspects.

A total of 18 suspects were arrested and turned over to the Shin Bet for interrogation, the IDF said.

Three Palestinians were killed on Wednesday in clashes with the IDF in the West Bank, including in the town of Silwad northeast of Ramallah, where the troops arrested Maad Hamad, who had escaped from the custody of the Palestinian Authority after carrying out a deadly terrorist shooting attack in 2015 that killed Israeli citizen Malachi Rosenfeld and injuring three others.

On Thursday afternoon, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced that a Palestinian who had been shot by Israeli forces during clashes in Beita on Wednesday morning had died due to wounds he had sustained.