World Bulletin/News Desk
The Israeli army said Tuesday that its forces had killed a "wanted" Palestinian in an exchange of fire in the village of Nilin near the city of Ramallah.
The man was later identified as Mohamed Assi, 24, a village resident told Anadolu Agency.
The Islamic Jihad movement later confirmed that the slain man had been a member of the group.
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth had earlier reported that a special unit of the Israeli army had stormed the villages of Nilin and Kafr Nima late Monday to arrest two local young men "wanted" by the authorities.
The individual from Kafr Nima was arrested, while Assi was killed in a shootout after Israeli forces approached a cave in which he was hiding.
The army said the exchange of fire had lasted for four hours – until early Tuesday morning – and had left the Palestinian dead and two Israeli soldiers wounded.
Assi's death sparked clashes in the village, with Israeli army troops using teargas and rubber bullets to disperse indignant Palestinians, local residents said.
Israeli troops have besieged the two villages, preventing local residents from entering or exiting the areas, they added.
Israeli bulldozers, meanwhile, have razed Palestinian land planted with olive trees where Tuesday's confrontations took place.
Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, told Anadolu Agency that Israeli occupation forces had set up barricades and declared the village's eastern quarter a "closed military zone."
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