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Palestinian killed after opening fire on Israeli troops near Hebron

The shooter, identified by Palestinian media as Hamdi Abu Dia, an officer in the P.A. security services, was likely responsible for two other recent attacks, according to the IDF.

The weapon used by a Palestinian gunman who was shot dead during an exchange of fire with Israel Defense Forces troops in Judea, Jan. 17, 2023. Credit: IDF.
The weapon used by a Palestinian gunman who was shot dead during an exchange of fire with Israel Defense Forces troops in Judea, Jan. 17, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian gunman on Tuesday during an exchange of fire near the town of Halhul, just north of Hebron, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The shooter, identified by Palestinian media as Hamdi Abu Dia, 40, a member of the Palestinian Authority security services, had opened fire on the soldiers, the IDF said in a statement.

No Israeli casualties were reported.

Abu Dia published a will online prior to Tuesday’s attack, in which he states that he is sacrificing in the name of Islam, according to Palestinian media reports.

Reports said that he published a will online before Tuesday’s attack, in which he said he was sacrificing in the name of Islam.

According to the IDF, Abu Dia was likely responsible for two shootings over the past 48 hours, including Sunday’s targeting of a bus carrying Israelis along the Route 60 highway in Judea.

Nobody was injured in the incident, although the bulletproof vehicle sustained damage.

That attack came just hours after two Palestinian terrorists were killed while carrying out a drive-by shooting against soldiers near Jaba, five miles southwest of Jenin in Samaria.

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