Shots were fired at IDF (Zahal) soldiers during a violent riot which erupted earlier this morning (Tuesday) during an overnight activity to arrest a wanted terrorist in Jenin. During the riot, Palestinians hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails and improvised grenades at security forces who responded with riot dispersal means. Once rioters began shooting at the forces, upon feeling an imminent threat to their lives, the soldiers returned fire towards the lower extremities of the main instigators. A direct hit was confirmed and an individual was lightly injured and evacuated for further treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Amidst the turmoil, the terror suspect was identified attempting to flee the area. Security forces managed to detain the suspect using live fire. The suspect was injured, evacuated by military forces for further treatment and later died of his wounds in an Israeli Hospital.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, an IDF (Zahal) spokesperson, stated: “The ongoing terrorist threat from the Jenin area requires that the IDF (Zahal) maintains operational access in the area. The attack against the forces warranted a forceful response in self defense. The IDF (Zahal) will review the circumstances of the shooting that led to the death of the terror suspect.”