2 Palestinians killed in Israeli army raids

Dec. 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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QALQILYA, West Bank, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Two Palestinians were killed in Qalqilya and Jenin in the West Bank by Israeli army forces in operations to arrest fugitives, the army said.

Before dawn Thursday, shots were fired at soldiers operating in Qalqilya. The soldiers returned fire, killing Samir Abd al-Rahman Yasin, 28, a member of the Palestinian security forces, the Ma'an news agency said. No soldiers were injured in the firefight the army said. Soldiers searching the area found a Jericho pistol and ammunition. Palestinians said Yasin was unarmed, the Ma'an news agency said.

"This overnight operation exemplifies the advanced intelligence and operational capabilities of the Israel[i military] that suppressed the terrorist faction's appalling intentions. The outcome of this mission makes Israeli life safer," army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.

Late Wednesday in the Jenin refugee camp, soldiers came under fire while searching for a fugitive, the army said. An explosive device was thrown at soldiers, Ma'an said. In the gun battles that ensued, one Palestinian was killed and six others injured. The fugitive escaped.

Israel Radio identified the dead Palestinian Nafa Jamil Asadi and said he was a Hamas operative.

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