Under-cover of the Israeli army assassinated on Tuesday evening lieutenant Omar Mohammad Abul-Halim, 24, after infiltrating into a local restaurant in Ramallah, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses reported that Abdul-Halim, nicknamed as the Tiger, was in Al Nasera (Nazareth) restaurant in the center of Ramallah when the under-cover forces broke into it and opened fire at him killing him and injuring seven other residents.

Palestinian security sources reported that the forces kidnapped several residents and took them to unknown destinations.

The injured residents were identified as Moayyad Ahmad Suleiman, Kheir Jamal Ziad, Ahmad Jamal Jouda, Usama Khalil Mash-hour, Khalid Abu Hilwa, Mowaffaq Hamdan, and Mohannad Ayish; all of them suffered moderate wounds.

In a separate attack, Israeli forces invaded Ramallah and surrounded Sheikh Zayid Hospital and Ramallah Governmental Hospital, stopped and searched several residents.

The recent escalation came only one day after the army kidnapped Khalil Abu Shaweesh, member of Force 17 (Presidential Guards).

translated by: Saed Bannoura – IMEMC