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Palestinian teenager shot dead in crossfire with Israeli army in Jenin


A 17-year-old Palestinian man was killed and an 18-year-old boy seriously injured by Israeli gunfire during an Israeli military raid in Jenin in the West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health and Palestine TV later identified the deceased teenager as Amjad al-Fayed from Jenin.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was responding to live fire, Molotov cocktails and explosives thrown at its troops during an operation in the area.

Local media and eyewitnesses reported that a secret Israeli military unit was on a main road in the city of Jenin, near the outskirts of the Jenin refugee camp, when it was reported by residents. Then, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.

The IDF said their forces came under fire from a passing vehicle.

“During IDF operational activity near the town of Kafr Dan overnight, a number of suspects fired live ammunition at IDF soldiers from a passing vehicle. The suspects also threw Molotov cocktails and an explosive device at the soldiers. The soldiers responded by firing live ammunition at the suspects. Blows have been identified,” an IDF statement read.

Exchanges of gunfire can be heard in video clips of the military raid shared on social media.

Another video showed Palestinian medical teams and paramedics attempting to resuscitate al-Fayed and showed the 18-year-old in a hospital bed at Jenin hospital.

Tensions have been particularly high for months in Jenin.

Veteran Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead there on May 11 while covering an Israeli raid. His producer was also injured in the incident.

Two days later, an Israeli officer was shot dead in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants in Jenin, which also left two Palestinians injured. Noam Raz, the Israeli officer, later died from his injuries.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says that of the 56 Palestinians killed so far this year, 18 were from Jenin.

At least 18 people on the Israeli side have been killed in attacks by Palestinian militants since mid-March, according to a CNN tally. The IDF says a disproportionate number of assailants came from Jenin.

A general strike has been announced for Saturday in Jenin following the murder of al-Fayed, Palestine TV reported.

Al-Quds Brigades, the militant wing of Islamic Jihad, issued a statement of mourning for al-Fayed on their official Telegram channel, saying his uncles were members of Islamic Jihad and participated in a 2002 ambush that killed 13 Israeli soldiers.

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