Palestinians shoot at two IDF outposts

Earlier, soldiers killed Islamic Jihad fugitive carrying AK-47, bombs in car.

IDF nablus great 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
IDF nablus great 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
Clashes between IDF soldiers and Palestinians continued throughout the West Bank on Friday. Late Friday evening, Palestinians opened fire at IDF soldiers on duty at outposts near Nablus and Jenin. None of the soldiers were hurt and no damage was caused in either incident. Earlier, IDF soldiers on duty at the Anabta checkpoint east of Tulkarm intercepted a Palestinian gunman who apparently planned to carry out a terror attack against Israeli civilians. The gunman drove up to the checkpoint on Friday afternoon and opened fire at the IDF force manning the crossing. The soldiers fired back and killed him. The gunman was identified as Muhammad Omer Mahmoud Diab, an Islamic Jihad member wanted by Israeli security forces. Diab was affiliated with cells currently operating in Jenin and Tulkarm that have tried to attack both IDF soldiers and Israeli civilian targets. Soldiers recovered an AK-47 assault rifle and an army vest with matching ammunition clips that Diab had hidden under his clothes. In his vehicle, soldiers found three explosive devices that he had apparently planned to use in a terror attack. Diab's intended target was unknown. The ammunition was detonated in a controlled explosion by police sappers. Meanwhile, Givati Brigade soldiers operating in the southern Gaza Strip Friday afternoon opened fire on two armed Palestinians who approached the troops. The soldiers reported that the men had been hit, but Army Radio said that Palestinian sources reported that the gunmen escaped unharmed. Elsewhere, IDF soldiers on duty at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron arrested a Palestinian after he was found to be carrying a 15-cm.-long knife. The man was transferred to security forces for interrogation. In operations in the West Bank overnight Thursday, the IDF arrested seven Palestinian terror suspects: five in Nablus, one in the Bethlehem area and another near Jenin. During the arrest operation in Nablus, gunmen opened fire on the troops. No casualties or damage were reported.