Palestinian killed, 16 others injured by Israeli troops in West Bank demolition operation
The ministry identified the dead man as 29-year-old Mohammad Sabaaneh.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were in Jenin “in order to demolish the residence of the terrorist who killed three people in a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv the night of April 7, 2022,” the IDF said in a statement.
The IDF regularly demolishes the homes of terror suspects and their families as punishment.
The IDF said “a violent riot was instigated” during the operation and that “the rioters burned tires, hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails and explosive devices at the forces, who responded with riot dispersal means.”
The 16 wounded Palestinians were injured by bullets and shrapnel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and all were transferred to the hospital in Jenin.
A senior IDF official said the soldier thought he was firing at Palestinian militants — although Abu Akleh was wearing a flak jacket marked “Press” — and that the soldier was “sorry.”
Israel’s military prosecutor said it would not pursue criminal charges against the soldier, who was not named.
Since the beginning of the year, 87 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank, and 19 Israelis and foreigners have been killed in Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank.