A Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF troops Saturday as he was placing a suspicious object on a road near the West Bank settlement of Neve Tzuf.
In the past few days a number of Palestinians were killed by IDF forces operating in the area, and IDF sources told Ynet there is a rise in terror-related activity in the West Bank.
“The IDF has not changed its policy in the West Bank, but the terror groups have stepped up their activity,” one official said.
“Terror-related incidents are increasing, especially those involving the throwing of Molotov cocktail bottles and stones at Israeli vehicles
IDF officials added that previous estimates whereby West Bank terror would escalate following Israel’s pullout from Gaza have proven to be true, adding that the IDF is continuously working to thwart attacks and apprehend wanted terrorists throughout the region.
IDF sources said soldiers spotted two Palestinian youngsters placing a suspicious object on a road located near Dir Nizam, near the Neve Tzuf settlement in the West Bank.
The soldiers proceeded to fire at the Palestinians, mortally wounding one of them, who later died of his wounds. The other Palestinian, who was not hurt in the incident, was apprehended by the troops and taken in for questioning.
Sappers dispatched to the scene determined that the suspicious object placed by the Palestinians was merely a bag full of rocks that was placed as a mock-bomb.
Border Police troops fired at near Jenin
Palestinians sources said the Palestinian who was killed in the incident, who was identified as 22-year-old Abdullah Faraj from Dir Nazam, was unarmed and that no terror group has yet to report that one of its members had been killed.
Earlier IDF troops opened fire at two Palestinians who had hurled a Molotov cocktail bottle toward vehicles traveling along a road near Tzurif, southwest of Bethlehem.
No injuries were reported among the soldiers.
Also on Saturday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Border Police officers operating west of Jenin in the West Bank. No injuries or damage were reported.
One Palestinian was lightly injured and evacuated to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The other Palestinian, who fled the scene, was apparently also wounded in the incident.
Two more Molotov cocktail bottles were found in the area.
Five wanted terror suspects were arrested in overnight searches conducted by the IDF in a village north of Nablus in the early hours of Saturday.
In a house where the suspects were hiding 10 Kg (about 22 pounds) of explosives were found. An extensive search of the house revealed that the wife of one of the suspects had hidden a hand-grenade under the toddler she was holding in her arms.
The army confirmed that the suspects’ apprehension almost certainly deterred a deadly attack against Israeli soldiers and civilians.
Eleven wanted Palestinian terrorists were arrested in the West Bank town of Hebron early Saturday; IDF sources said those apprehended are members of Hamas.
On Friday two Palestinians were killed in exchanges of fire with Palestinian gunmen near the West Bank town of Tul Karm.
Three Israelis killed in Gush Etzion attack
One of the gunmen died on the scene. The other suffered from serious wounds and was reported dead in hospital.
While the IDF insisted that the two terrorists carried Kalashnikov rifles and opened fire on the soldiers, Palestinian security officials said the men were unarmed and were killed for throwing stones an IDF jeep that entered the city. The jeep was damaged.
Last Thursday a Palestinian youth was killed and six Israelis were injured Thursday along the bypass road south of Jerusalem. The wounded were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
IDF troops identified 15-year-old Adnan Taiseer along the Hossen bypass road west of Bethlehem, after he threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle. The route serves hundreds of Israeli cars on a daily basis.
Forces shot and injured the youth; he was pronounced dead by a military doctor who arrived at the scene to treat him.
Troops found another three Molotov cocktails near the youth's body.
Last Sunday two young women and a teenager were murdered in a shooting attack at hitchhiking post at Gush Etzion Junction, also in the West Bank.
An hour later, a 14 year-old teenager suffered moderate to serious wounds during a second drive-by attack at the Eli junction.
Ali Waked contributed to the report