IDF foils attempted shooting attack after lifting Nablus roadblocks

An hour prior to the attack, the IDF lifted multiple roadblocks at entrances to Nablus.

Huwara, West Bank (photo credit: ANAN ODEH/CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Huwara, West Bank
(photo credit: ANAN ODEH/CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

A gunman was killed in an attempted shooting attack on IDF forces near the village of Huwara in the West Bank, south of Nablus, Hebrew media reported early Friday morning.

In the incident, two vehicles approached an IDF position and gunmen fired at it before one of them, Ammar Abu Rashid, 47, a resident of the Akar refugee camp, was shot and killed by Israeli forces, and two other people were injured, including an officer of the Palestinian Authority security forces, according to N12.

"The IDF identified two suspicious vehicles and fired at them; hits were detected. Scans are being conducted to locate suspects,"

Israel Defense Forces

"The IDF identified two suspicious vehicles and fired at them; hits were detected. Scans are being conducted to locate suspects," the IDF said in a statement.

"There are no casualties to our forces. During searches at the point, several backpacks were found. IDF forces are searching for additional suspects in the area," the statement added.

IDF checkpoint in Huwara (credit: AVIADOS/CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)IDF checkpoint in Huwara (credit: AVIADOS/CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

IDF lifts several Nablus roadblocks

An hour prior to the attack, the IDF lifted multiple roadblocks at entrances to Nablus.