Hamas claims killing of Israeli soldier in West Bank; Palestinian shot dead

Published November 2nd, 2005 - 06:21 GMT

An Israeli soldier was killed early Wednesday by Palestinian fire in the West Bank. The incident took place in the village of Mirka near Jenin when Israeli forces tried to arrest Palestinian activists, an Israeli army spokesman reported. The armed wing of Hamas Movement claimed responsibility for the shooting.


Hamas' statement said that hundreds of Israeli soldiers had besieged a house in the village. It added that the Qassam fighter clashed with the troops for three hours and managed to escape after killing the Israeli soldier. Also in Jenin area, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire on Wednesday. Medical sources identified the victim as Rafat Musa Turkeman, 21, a resident of Qabatia.

Three Islamic Jihad members were arrested by Israeli troops in raids across the West Bank. One man was arrested in Beit Rima, north of Ramallah, while another was arrested in the Qabatiyeh refugee camp south of Jenin in the northern West Bank. A third man believed to be a senior Islamic Jihad leader was also arrested in the Jenin area.


Palestinian fighters reportedly hurled explosives at the Israeli troops during the Qabatiyeh raid, according to Haaretz.


Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian fighters fired a mortar shell across an Israeli security fence. Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip targeted Qassam launching sites with artillery fire.


No injuries were reported as a result of the incidents.Meanwhile, Hamas said it was still undecided whether it would end a 10-month-old calm, following the latest Israeli assassination attack in Gaza Strip on Tuesday.


The movement stated that it would maintain its commitment to protecting the Palestinian people from all types of attacks. On Wednesday, a Hamas spokesperson said it would avenge Tuesday's attack, in which a prominent activist was killed.

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