JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) — Israeli soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian militant in a clash that erupted as troops entered a volatile town in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry and local media said.
The incident, which Israeli authorities say occurred during a firefight with local extremists, comes at a time of heightened Israeli military activity in Jenin in recent months.
The Ministry identified the young man as Amjad al-Fayyed. He noted that another 18-year-old Palestinian was in serious condition after being wounded by Israeli bullets.
Later on Saturday, the Islamic Jihad extremist group said al-Fayyed was a member of its armed branch.
Local media reported that the clashes occurred outside the refugee camp when Israel stormed the area.
In a statement, the army said its soldiers fired after gunmen opened fire from a moving vehicle. He explained that the attackers threw explosives towards the soldiers.
Israel has increased its military activity in Jenin in recent weeks in response to a series of deadly attacks inside Israel. Several assailants were from the Jenin area, known as a stronghold of Palestinian extremism.
On May 11, a veteran Palestinian journalist for Al Jazeera television was shot dead while covering an Israeli military operation in the Jenin camp.
Shireem Abu Akleh’s family, the television network, the Palestinian Authority and witnesses accused Israel of shooting the Qatari channel’s correspondent. Israel says there was an intense battle going on at the time and it was unclear whether the bullet that killed the journalist was fired by the Palestinians or by Israel.
Israel has urged a joint forensic investigation, but the Palestinians refuse, saying they cannot trust Israeli authorities.