Israeli forces conducting counter-terror operations in Nablus/Shechem early on Tuesday came under attack, returning fire and according to Palestinian media killing one Palestinian gunman.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that troops returned fire after being shot at during the operation, and that a “hit was registered.”

The Nablus-based Lion’s Den terror group said that its members had targeted Israeli forces in the city, according to Israeli media.

The dead gunman was identified as Hamza Amjad al-Ashqar, 17, by the official Palestinian Wafa news agency.

Nine Palestinians were arrested overnight Tuesday across Judea and Samaria on suspicion of terrorist activity, according to the IDF, including in Huwwara, Qadum, Baka, Hajja and Hebron.

Israeli forces were attacked in multiple locations with gunfire, explosive devices and rocks, said the IDF, adding that troops confiscated firearms, ammunition and military equipment.

No Israelis casualties were reported.



Meanwhile, two would-be terrorists were injured in Jenin on Monday night when a car-bomb detonated prematurely, according to Israeli and Palestinian media reports.

A preliminary IDF probe found that the bomb, which was designed to be remotely detonated via a cellular phone, was unintentionally activated during its preparation.


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