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Israeli raid in West Bank leaves one dead

Palestinian man fatally wounded during raid in Jenin refugee camp in northern West Bank

The Israeli West Bank barrier separates Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods on Sep. 12, 2013 on the outskirts of Jerusalem, West Bank.
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Israeli soldiers fatally wounded a suspected Palestinian fighter Tuesday during a raid on his home in a refugee camp in the West Bank, the Israeli army and Palestinian security officials said, amid reports that Israeli forces made limited incursions in the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security sources named the dead man as Islam al-Tubasi, 21, and said he was shot as troops stormed his home in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

"The wanted suspect was injured, evacuated by military forces for further treatment and later died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital," an Israel military statement said Tuesday.

The developments come just days after the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-brokered Oslo Accords, a series of peace agreements analysts say have done little to end the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

Palestinian and Israeli sources had no information on whether al-Tubasi was engaged in armed activity, but sources said his brother, who had been active in armed group Islamic Jihad, was shot dead by Israeli troops in 2006.

The Israeli army statement said a crowd gathered and began attacking its soldiers with gunfire, petrol bombs and improvised explosives when they attempted to arrest Tubasi.

"Amidst the turmoil, the target of the activity was identified attempting to flee the area. The security forces managed to detain the suspect using live fire," the statement said, adding that troops also shot and wounded one of the rioters, who was taken to an Israeli hospital.

An Israeli military spokesman, Peter Lerner, said there would be a review of the incident.

"The ongoing terrorist threat from the Jenin area requires that the IDF (Israeli army) maintains operational access to the area," Lerner was quoted as saying on a blog by the Israeli army.

Two Palestinians were killed in August in clashes during an arrest raid in Jenin.

Gaza incursion

In a separate incident, Israeli forces reportedly made a limited incursion east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Local residents said several military vehicles, including bulldozers, approached Khuza'a village and bulldozed lands along the security fence before moving north toward the neighborhood of Abasan.

They also said that Palestinian fighters deployed in the area fired at Israeli forces that were said to be firing randomly towards agricultural fields.

Israel closed the Karam Abu Salem crossing into the Gaza Strip last Wednesday ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot this week, Raed Fattouh, head of the Coordination Committee for entry of goods in the Gaza Strip, said. The crossing will re-open Sunday.

Karam Abu Salem, the only commercial crossing operating in Gaza for the entry of goods, aids and fuel is closed every Friday and Saturday.

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