Updated: Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters in a surrounded home, killed one, and abducted at least six Palestinians.

The soldiers initially took the Palestinian, who was seriously injured, to an Israeli hospital and later informed the Palestinian General Authority for Civil Affairs that the young man, Mahmoud Jamal Hasan Hamdan, 22, has succumbed to his wounds.

The Israeli army said it invaded the refugee camp to abduct Palestinians who are believed to be behind the Monday shooting attack that led to the death of Elan Ganeles and added that one of them sustained serious wounds while trying to retreat from the area.

Media sources said the soldiers surrounded the home of Maher Shalloon, where Palestinian fighters were hiding, and exchanged fire with them before firing a rocket at it.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted Abdul-Nasser Mousa Shalloon, 55, Maher Shalloon, 44, Amer Shalloon, 39, Mohammad Shalloon, 47, and his son Saleh, 24, in addition to the seriously injured Palestinian, Mahmoud Jamal Hamdan. All of them are former political prisoners.

The army claimed the abducted Palestinians exchanged fire with the soldiers before they were taken prisoners and their weapons confiscated.

Palestinian medics tried to reach the seriously wounded man to provide essential aid, but the soldiers blocked them before taking him away.

The army initiated the attack by deploying undercover soldiers who surrounded and isolated the home before many army vehicles invaded the refugee camp.

The soldiers also opened fire at a Palestinian car, shattering its windows, before confiscating it, in addition to shooting a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet to the head during ensuing protests.

It is worth mentioning that Jericho remained under strict siege for the third day while the army installed more roadblocks and placed sand hills on several streets.

Earlier on Monday, two Israeli Colonizers were killed in a shooting in Huwwara near Nablus.

On Sunday, a Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli soldiers while in his home in Za’tara village. Sameh Aqtash, who was murdered by Israeli forces Sunday, was in Turkey two weeks before, volunteering with a rescue team to save lives after the earthquake.

On February 23, 2023, Israeli soldiers killed Mohammad Nabil Fawzi Abu Sabah, 29, In Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

The day before Mohammad’s death, Israeli soldiers killed eleven Palestinians, injured more than 102, six seriously, and caused more than  250 Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation and other minor wounds.

First Published on: Mar 1, 2023, at 16:06