Palestinian PIJ commander shot dead in Israeli army raid on Tulkarm home
A Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in Tulkarm was shot dead in an Israeli army raid on his West Bank home on Thursday.
Amir Imar Abu Khadijeh, 25, was shot in the head and lower body after soldiers raided the house in the village of Izbat Shoufa, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.
The Tulkarm Brigade, affiliated with the Al-Quds Brigades - which is part of the Islamic Jihad movement - mourned Khadijeh, saying he was a founder of the local battalion.
"We will not rest and we will not back down. It is success or martyrdom," the group said in a statement to The New Arab's sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
25-year-old #Palestinian man identified as Amir Imar Abu Khadijeh was shot and killed this morning during an Israeli army raid and siege of his house in the village of Izbat Shoufa, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm. pic.twitter.com/WdoenzMQDJ— 🇵🇸🇵🇸منير الجاغوب 🇵🇸🇵🇸 (@MonirAljaghoub) March 23, 2023
During the raid, the Israeli military closed the entrance to the village and prevented people from leaving their homes.
The Israeli Army Radio reported that troops surrounded a home near Tulkarm, killing one Palestinian and arresting two others.
Abu Khadijeh and the detainees were alleged perpetrators of a shooting at a nearby checkpoint, The New Arab’s Arabic service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.
The Israeli army claimed that an M16 rifle and military uniform were seized during the raid, along with a car allegedly used in an attack, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.
The killing comes amid increased violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank under the new extreme-right Israeli government.
Israeli forces have killed 89 Palestinians since the start of the year.