Israeli troops kill Palestinian suspect in settler's killing

AP News
Posted: Feb 06, 2018 4:22 PM
Israeli troops kill Palestinian suspect in settler's killing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security forces in an early morning raid Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian suspected of being behind the killing of a West Bank settler last month, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Israel's Shin Bet security service said the joint operation with the military surrounded Ahmad Jarrar's home in the northern West Bank. When Jarrar emerged with weapons and explosives, they shot him dead. Palestinian authorities confirmed Jarrar's death.

In January, Rabbi Raziel Shevah, 35, was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home in the unauthorized settlement outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus. Since then, the Israeli military has been conducting a large manhunt in the area of Jarrar's hometown of Jenin. Israeli forces demolished his home in a previous attempt to catch him.

Tuesday's killing came a day after a Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli man, 29-year-old Itamar Ben Gal, at a bus stop near the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, before fleeing the scene.

The military said forces searching for the attacker, who killed Ben Gal in Nablus, were confronted Tuesday night by hundreds of Palestinians who threw rocks, firebombs, improvised explosive devices and opened fire at the soldiers. It said troops deployed tear gas and stun grenades and fired warning shots in the air.

The military said it was looking into Palestinian reports that a Palestinian had been killed and dozens more injured in the clashes.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the killer of Ben Gal would be pursued.

"The security forces will catch whoever tries to attack Israeli citizens and we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law," he said.

There has been a spike in Palestinian violence since President Donald Trump's Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move sparked outrage across the Muslim world, where it was seen as the United States taking Israel's side on the most contentious issue of the decades-old conflict.

Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank and along the Gaza-Israeli border, and 19 Palestinians have been killed in the violence since Trump's announcement.