West Bank: Palestinian shot dead as Israel objects transfer of security control to PA
A Palestinian activist, apparently a member of the Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, was killed early Sunday in a clash with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank, an Israeli spokesman said.
The army stated troops were conducting a routine patrol north of the city of Nablus when they spotted three armed men nearby, the army said. The soldiers shot toward the three Palestinians and, in an ensuing exchange of fire, one of them was killed, the army said.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said that Israel would not transfer any more West Bank cities to the control of the Palestinian Authority. Israel has agreed to make a number of goodwill gestures to the Palestinians including removing some roadblocks, easing the passage of laborers and merchants into Israel, and supplying military equipment, Haaretz reported.
Mofaz objects to transferring additional West Bank cities to Palestinian control and to providing the PA with weapon, the report added.