Armed Palestinian Killed in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli security forces shot to death an armed Palestinian vigilante in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, the army said today.
Arab reports said the dead Palestinian was 15 and had been on Israel’s wanted list for two years. The Israelis gave no age.
In the occupied Gaza Strip, two hand grenades were thrown at a paramilitary border police post in Khan Yunis, slightly wounding five soldiers, the army said. Soldiers closed off and searched the area, rounding up several suspects, an army official said.
Also today, a Palestinian attacked a soldier with a hoe in Gaza City and was shot and wounded by another soldier, the army official said. He said none of the soldiers was hurt. Palestinian reporters said the 21-year-old assailant was from the nearby village of Beit Lahia.
The army said the Palestinian slain in Jenin was active in the Black Panthers, a youth organization that murders Arabs suspected of collaborating with Israel.
It said he was killed Wednesday night by border police operating in the eastern part of the town. They encountered him with two other Arabs and opened fire, the army said.
Another Palestinian, who was armed with a pistol, was wounded but escaped with his comrade, the army official said.
He identified the dead Palestinian as Walid Souki and said he was carrying a Soviet-made Kalashnikov assault rifle.
Souki was the 838th Arab killed by Israeli troops and civilians since the Palestinian uprising against the occupation began in December 1987. Another 411 Arabs have been killed by fellow Arabs, mostly as alleged collaborators, and 67 Israelis have died in the violence.