IDF soldiers seriously wounded the wife of a wanted Palestinian on Thursday during a raid on his home in a Nablus refugee camp.
The woman was struck by the front door as the soldiers, members of the elite Duvdevan unit, burst through it.
She was evacuated to an Israeli hospital by an IDF helicopter.
The army said Nasr Jawabra, the Palestinian suspect, was a senior al-Quds Brigades commander who in the past was involved in terror attacks and suicide bombings against Israel.
According to the Palestinians, the man was hiding in a house near a Nablus hospital when the soldiers encircled the building and opened heavy fire in its direction.
Eyewitnesses reported that Palestinian gunmen arrived at the scene to assist Jawabra and set off an explosive device near the soldiers, none of whom were injured.
One of Jawabra’s brothers is currently imprisoned in Israel, while the other was assassinated when the public phone he was speaking from exploded.
The raid was conducted as part of the army’s ongoing activity against the Islamic Jihad, which has been involved in all of the terror attacks launched since Israel and the Palestinian Authority declared a period of calm in March 2005.
Efrat Weiss contributed to the report