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Islamic Jihad operative arrested
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IDF strikes armed Palestinian in Gaza; Nablus checkpoint stabbing prevented.
An Islamic Jihad operative was caught near Nur a-Shams Refugee Camp east of Tulkarm on Monday night. Security forces have taken the man in for questioning. Earlier Monday evening, Palestinians shot at a passing Israeli car near Kafr Asawiya north of Ramallah. No casualties were reported. On Monday afternoon the IDF killed a Palestinian man who was carrying a rocket launcher. The man was targeted as he approached a field in northern Gaza where terrorists launched rockets at Israel, the army said. Palestinian officials said the man killed was Mahmoud Abu Nasser, 23. Five others were wounded in the strike, officials said. A Palestinian security official said a surface to surface missile hit a group of people carrying out suspicious activity in the area of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip. The official did not elaborate to what type of suspicious activity he was referring. The missile landed near a house causing damage, the official said. Also Monday, a soldier shot and killed a Palestinian who had tried to attack a fellow soldier with a knife at the Hawara checkpoint outside of Nablus. The Palestinian had allegedly run towards the soldier, who was checking cars coming from Nablus, knife in hand. Another soldier on the scene who saw the act opened fire on the attacker. IDF forces and Red Crescent workers tried to revive the man who eventually died on the scene. Palestinian witnesses said the man, Mohammed Saadeh, 20, a Palestinian policeman, was running toward a car at the checkpoint when he was shot by three soldiers. They said they did not see him holding a knife, but that soldiers later found a small paring knife in his pocket. AP contributed to this report.
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