Zakariya Zubeidi, the commander of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, was shot in the shoulder by IDF soldiers operating in the West Bank city in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Palestinian sources.
Zubeidi, who is wanted by Israel for a series of terror attacks, is listed in light to moderate condition. Army officials later confirmed that soldiers opened fire at a gunman in Jenin.
Following the incident Zubeidi told Ynet from his hideout that he is in good condition and that his men would “continue to battle the IDF as long as it invades Palestinian towns.”
Al-Aqsa members threatened to retaliate to what they called an “assassination attempt” against their commander.
IDF officials said Zubeidi was not specifically targeted by the soldiers.
Zubeidi said his men were acting in response to the entrance of 15 heavy IDF vehicles into Jenin’s refugee camp, adding that al-Aqsa members set off an explosive device beside an army bulldozer. No injuries were reported among the soldiers.
In another incident on Saturday Palestinians hurled a makeshift grenade and opened fire toward at IDF soldiers operating in the West Bank city of Nablus; no injuries were reported. Army forces apprehended two wanted Palestinians in Ramallah and Qalqilya.
Last Thursday Zubeidi said his group would not heed calls by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to halt attacks against the Israeli army.
"There will be no calm between our group and the IDF even if Abu Mazen declares so," he said, using Abbas' nom de guerre.