Is­raeli forces shoot Pales­tinian gun­man

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­raeli sol­diers and po­lice on an ar­rest mis­sion in the town of Nabi Salah in the oc­cu­pied West Bank shot dead a Pales­tinian who at­tempted to open fire at them early yes­ter­day, the army said. “The forces en­coun­tered the sus­pect, who at­tempted to open fire at them,” a state­ment from the Is­raeli army read. “In re­sponse to the im­me­di­ate threat forces fired to­wards the at­tacker re­sult­ing in his death.” Pales­tinian se­cu­rity forces and fam­ily iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as 34-year-old Amar Ti­rawi from Kafr Ein, a town near Nabi Salah in the cen­tral West Bank.

Of­fi­cials had ear­lier given an­other name for the sus­pect. An­other Pales­tinian sus­pect was lightly wounded and ar­rested, the state­ment from the mil­i­tary read. On Satur­day, a gun­man tar­geted a ve­hi­cle near an Is­raeli set­tle­ment north of Ra­mal­lah and wounded a for­eign na­tional of Pales­tinian de­scent who is re­sid­ing in a Pales­tinian vil­lage. In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, gun­shots hit a mil­i­tary post near Nabi Salah.The army said Ti­rawi was be­hind both in­ci­dents.

Is­rael’s Shin Bet in­ter­nal se­cu­rity agency named Ti­rawi as Amar Halil and said he had car­ried out the shoot­ings along with his fi­ancee Rawan Am­bar due to their fam­i­lies’ re­fusal to ac­cept their en­gage­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the Shin Bet, Ti­rawi was a for­mer mem­ber of the Pales­tinian pre­ven­tive se­cu­rity who be­came an arms trader.

Ti­rawi’s fi­ancee had turned her­self in to Pales­tinian se­cu­rity forces, the Shin Bet said, con­firm­ing to AFP she was in their cus­tody since late Satur­day, hours be­fore the fa­tal raid. Sources in Ti­rawi’s vil­lage said he had been de­tained by Pales­tinian se­cu­rity forces for a num­ber of days in the past few weeks, and that he was wanted by Is­raeli se­cu­rity prior to the Satur­day shoot­ings. The Shin Bet re­fused to com­ment on that re­port.

A wave of un­rest that broke out in Oc­to­ber 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 282 Pales­tini­ans or Arab Is­raelis, 44 Is­raelis, two Amer­i­cans, two Jor­da­ni­ans, an Eritrean, a Su­danese and a Bri­ton, ac­cord­ing to an AFP toll. Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties say most of the Pales­tini­ans killed were car­ry­ing out knife, gun or car-ram­ming at­tacks. Oth­ers were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Is­raeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The vi­o­lence has greatly sub­sided in re­cent months.—AFP

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