Los Angeles Times

Three killed in a shootout in West Bank

Israeli troops surround the Nablus home of a man in an arrest raid. Palestinia­ns say dozens are wounded.


JERUSALEM — Israeli troops killed three Palestinia­ns and wounded dozens in a shootout Tuesday during an arrest raid in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinia­n Health Ministry said.

The shootout came a day after a cease-fire ended three days of fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli police said security forces encircled the home of Ibrahim Nabulsi, who they say was wanted for a string of shootings in the West Bank this year. They confirmed that Nabulsi and another Palestinia­n militant were killed in a shootout,

and that troops found arms and explosives in his home.

The Israeli military said that troops came under attack from Palestinia­ns throwing rocks and explosives, and that soldiers responded with live fire. It confirmed that Palestinia­ns

were shot but did not elaborate on their condition.

The Palestinia­n Health Ministry said three people were killed — Nabulsi, Islam Sabouh and Hussein Jamal Taha — and at least 40 others were wounded.

Israel has conducted near-nightly arrest raids in the West Bank in recent months as part of a crackdown on Palestinia­n militant groups, foremost among them Islamic Jihad, in the aftermath of a string of deadly attacks targeting Israelis this year that left 19 people dead.

Dozens of Palestinia­ns have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops during these arrest raids.

Last week, Israel arrested Bassam Saadi, a senior Islamic Jihad militant in the West Bank city of Jenin, during one of the nightly operations. The group said it was going “on alert,” and on Friday, Israel launched a series of strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip in response to an “imminent threat” by the militant group.

During the three days of Gaza fighting, at least 46 Palestinia­ns were killed, including 16 children and four women, and 311 were wounded, the Palestinia­n Health Ministry said. Twelve of those killed were

Islamic Jihad militants, one was from a smaller armed group, and two were Hamasaffil­iated policemen who were not taking part in the fighting, according to the armed factions.

Israel estimated that a total of 47 Palestinia­ns were killed, including 14 killed by misfired Islamic Jihad rockets. It said 20 militants and seven civilians died in Israeli airstrikes and that it was still investigat­ing six deaths.

Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, applauded the cooperatio­n by Israeli security personnel and said that Nabulsi’s killing “was another step in our uncompromi­sing struggle against terrorism.”

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinia­n Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, warned that continued violence could further ignite the region and accused the Israeli government of shedding Palestinia­n blood to gain political capital ahead of November parliament­ary elections.

 ?? Majdi Mohammed Associated Press ?? PALESTINIA­NS carry the body of Islam Sabouh, who was killed during an operation by Israeli forces.
Majdi Mohammed Associated Press PALESTINIA­NS carry the body of Islam Sabouh, who was killed during an operation by Israeli forces.

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