Israel kills two Palestinians in Gaza Strip raid, arrests more than 20 in West Bank; Palestinian dies of wounds in Jenin
A member of the Palestinian naval police was killed early Firday morning, as an undercover Israeli unit carried out an operation to arrest wanted activists near the central Gaza Strip town of Deir El Balah. Another Palestinian was shot dead there, Palestinian sources said.
According to Israel Radio, the target of the operation was apprehended, and four Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire.
A statement issued by Palestinian security sources in Gaza said that Khaled Khattab, 25, was killed after the special unit entered a few hundred meters into the western part of the town under the protection of Israeli jeeps and armored vehicles.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers rolled into the town from the south as well, shooting at houses there, the statement added.
Additionally, the Palestinian public security statement said Israeli troops shot and moderately wounded a Palestinian man in the village of Beit Hanoun in the eastern tip of the Gaza Strip on the border with Israel.
Israel Radio reported Friday that the Israeli army had uncovered another tunnel used for smuggle weapons across the border from Egypt in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Bulldozers entered Rafah and demolished house where the tunnel was discovered, the report added.
In Jenin, a free-lance Palestinian photographer died Friday, a day after he was shot by Israeli soldiers, Palestinian doctors said. Imad Abu Zahra, 35, was shot in the leg and bled to death, according to another photographer at the scene.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinian medical sources said a 35-year-old Palestinian resident of the village of Hussan near Bethlehem died of wounds he sustained two days ago.
Residents said Mahmoud Shousha was in his store in the village when Israeli troops fired at several houses and shops there during an incursion.
Elsewhere, Israeli forces arrested more than 20 Palestinians in sweeps throughout the northern West Bank.
Nine were detained in Tulkarem, four in Qalqilya, and a number taken out of the Nur A-Shams refugee camp and other villages in the Tulkarem district. (Albawaba.com)