NABLUS: Israeli forces shot a Palestinian fighter who later died of his wounds in the West Bank Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as the army reported coming under fire during an operation.
Al-Aqsa Martyrsâ€™ Brigade, the armed wing of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbasâ€™s Fatah movement, claimed the dead man as one of its members.
In a statement, the health ministry said â€œAhmed Amer Salim Abu Junaid, 21, succumbed to critical wounds, after he was shot in the head by the occupation, this morning, in Balata refugee camp in Nablus.â€
Clashes erupted early on Wednesday when troops entered the camp, the army said.
â€œSeveral suspects fired at the (Israeli) forces who responded back with live fire,â€ the statement said, indicating that one person was struck.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrsâ€™ Brigade said in a statement that it â€œmourns its martyrâ€ after Abu Junaid was killed in a â€œconfrontation with the Zionist enemy army.â€
The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that undercover Israeli forces had â€œinfiltrated the camp and surrounded a house”. It added that Israeli troops fired “live bullets, stun grenades and tear gasâ€.