A Hamas terrorist was killed overnight as the IDF conducted arrests near the city of Tulkarem in Samaria. Soldiers shot and killed the terrorist when he behaved in a threatening manner, running toward soldiers with his hands hidden and refusing to stop.
The man was identified as Iyad Abu-Shalabiya, 38, a Hamas member and former senior commander. He had served time in prison in Israel for security offenses, and was on the IDF's “wanted” list.
After he was shot, it was discovered that Abu-Shalabiya had not been holding a weapon. The IDF opened an investigation into the incident.
12 Hamas terrorists were arrested in the overnight operation. There were no injuries among the IDF troops.
Earlier in the week, IDF troops shot and killed two Gaza Arabs who stood near a tank holding an anti-tank RPG missile. It was later found that the two were not terrorists, but rather were shepherds who had lifted the missile after finding it in their fields.
IDF commanders said the incident proved yet again that Hamas and other terrorist groups put Gaza civilians at risk, in this case, by leaving deadly weapons in a civilian area.