Israeli forces killed one Palestinian, wounded 11 others and detained five in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Jenin, witnesses said.
In Jenin city, Israeli soldiers wounded six Palestinians. Sources told Wafa, the six were shot and wounded with live bullets in different parts of their bodies, particularly in the appendages. One of the wounded - Muhammed Fayes Fuqaa, 22, died later of his wounds. Israeli military sources reported that gunfire was exchanged between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the city. Three Israeli soldiers were injured in the exchange.
Israeli security sources reported that in another raid, soldiers operating northeast of the town of Tulkarem confiscated a handgun, two hunting rifles, and ammunition in the home of another man, who was also taken into Israeli custody.
Detained Palestinian leader to run in election
Meanwhile, Ahmed Sa'adat, a Palestinian currently serving a prison sentence in the West Bank town of Jericho for the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, has announced that he will run in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections on January 25. Sa'adat and three others were convicted by a Palestinian court for the 2001 killing of Ze'evi.
"It's a tool of pressure, if you like, in order to get released," a representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) told reporters at Reuters.
Ze'evi had announced several days before his death that he was resigning from his post in protest over cabinet decisions that he viewed as too soft on Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.
The minister led the far-right National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu party, advocating transfer of Palestinians out of Israel's 1948 boundaries.
The Palestinian supreme court later overturned his conviction, though Sa'adat still remains in jail, supposedly to ensure his protection from the Israeli military, Palestinian officials said, according to Haaretz.
A second man, Fuad Al Shobaki, wanted by Israel as well, has also announced his intentions to run in the elections. Al Shobaki is accused by Israel of weapons smuggling.
Israel has said it would object to anyone suspected of being a member of an armed resistance group running in the election.
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