Islamic Jihad man killed as Israel, Palestinians deadlocked over security control
Israeli troops killed an Islamic Jihad activist early Thursday in a raid on a village near the West Bank town of Jenin, the Israeli army said. Troops stormed into the village of Nazlat al-Wusta and surrounded a house where soldiers called on a man to surrender. After the man killed, the troops destroyed the building.
Media reports said the man was behind the recent Tel Aviv suicide bombing that killed five Israelis.
Meanwhile, Israel and the Palestinians deadlocked Wednesday over returning control of West Bank towns to Palestinian control. The Palestinians insisted Israel remove army roadblocks around the towns and lift travel restrictions. Israel said it cannot take security risks until Palestinian security forces do a better job reining in armed groups.
In the handover dispute, two meetings between Israeli and Palestinian security commanders in Jericho broke up without agreement. The breakdown came a day after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz failed to settle the dispute over the roadblocks north and south of Jericho.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia accused Israel of dragging its feet, and Hamas warned that Israel "will be held fully responsible for the consequences."