Three Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces amid widespread arrests

The IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police arrested 17 suspected terrorists in the West Bank overnight.

 Israeli security forces guard as Jews tour in the West Bank city of Hebron, January 7, 2023. (photo credit: WISAM HASHLAMOUN/FLASH90)
Israeli security forces guard as Jews tour in the West Bank city of Hebron, January 7, 2023.
(photo credit: WISAM HASHLAMOUN/FLASH90)

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces in Kalandiya and Kabatiyeh in the West Bank on Thursday, as Israeli forces arrested over 17 suspects in 24 hours. Since the beginning of the year, eight Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli forces.

On Thursday morning, clashes broke out in Kalandiya as Israeli forces entered the town to arrest suspects. Samir Aslan, a member of the Fatah terrorist movement, was killed during the clashes. In total, 15 Palestinians were arrested in the raid.

"During the operation, suspects hurled rocks and blocks from the rooftops aiming at soldiers operating beneath, risking their lives," said the IDF on Thursday morning. "The soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and live ammunition."

On Thursday afternoon, armed clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Kalandiya after Israeli forces entered the town and arrested Muhammad Ali Kamil. Palestinians Habib Kamil and Abd al-Hadi Fakhri Nazzal were shot and killed and three other Palestinians were injured in the clashes.

The IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police arrested 17 suspects of terrorism in the West Bank overnight, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported on Thursday morning. Throughout the day on Thursday, arrests were also reported in Ya'bad, Jenin and Tammun.

 Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Haris in the West Bank, following the earlier terror attack outside Ariel, on November 15, 2022. (credit: ERIK MARMOR/FLASH90) Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Haris in the West Bank, following the earlier terror attack outside Ariel, on November 15, 2022. (credit: ERIK MARMOR/FLASH90)

On Wednesday, a Palestinian died from wounds he sustained during a clash with the IDF in the Balata camp near Nablus, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced. The Palestinian was identified as Ahmad Amer Abu Junaid.

PA warns it will implement 'firm measures'

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Palestinians would implement "different and firm positions and measures" in response to Israeli operations. Abu Rudeineh warned that the situation "will lead to an explosion that cannot be controlled."