The Israel Defense Forces says troops killed an Islamic State operative and detained 36 wanted Palestinians, including 18 Hamas members, during overnight raids across the West Bank, Report informs via The Times of Israel.
Israeli forces had entered the village of Abu Dis, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, to arrest Nabil Halabia, a Palestinian affiliated with the Islamic State jihadist movement and until recently jailed in Israel.
The IDF says that from the moment Halabia was released in July, he “recruited a squad, purchased weapons and carried out a shooting attack against IDF forces in the area.”
“When forces arrived to arrest him, the terrorist opened fire, and in the exchange of fire, he was shot and killed,” the IDF says, adding that troops seized Halabia’s makeshift submachine gun.
Israeli troops also operated in the West Bank cities of Jenin and Hebron, with some clashes reported.
Since October 7, the IDF says troops have arrested 1,350 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 850 affiliated with Hamas.
According to the Palestinian Authority health ministry, more than 130 West Bank Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, and in some cases by settlers, since October 7.