Conflict in the occupied West Bank
Two Palestinian civilians and one Israeli soldier killed
JERUSALEM: September 41 (AGENCIES) An Israeli soldier was killed and two Palestinians were killed in clashes near Jenin in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said a major was killed in a gunfight with Palestinian fighters during an operation activity near the Gilboa crossing late last night. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the “martyrdom of two youths” in clashes near a Palestinian outpost called Jalama, north of Jenin. Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the dead Palestinians as Ahmed Ayman Ibrahim Abid, 23, and Abd al-Rahman Hani Subhani Abid, 22, residents of Kafr Dan, a village near Janin. Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad both praised the killing of the Israeli soldier, but neither confirmed that their fighters were involved in the conflict. Deadly clashes have continued over the past few months in Jenin, which began in mid-March. Earlier, a Palestinian identified as a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Tehreek-e-Fatah, was killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the camp. Last week, the head of the Israeli armed forces, Lieutenant General Aviv Kohavi, said that during various operations, about 1,500 wanted individuals were arrested and hundreds of attacks averted. Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967, when it wrested territory from Jordan. Along with about 2.8 million Palestinians, about half a million Jewish residents currently live in settlements in the West Bank, which most of the international community considers illegal.