A Palestinian Authority police officer succumbed to his wounds on Thursday afternoon after he was shot by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Jenin in what the military said were unclear circumstances.
Around the time of his death, Palestinians shared video footage on social media of the moment the officer — Staff Sgt. Tareq Badwan, 25 — was hit by Israeli fire, apparently showing that he was standing in uniform inside a police station in Jenin at the time and did not appear to be a threat to the Israeli soldiers operating in the city.
Badwan was the second Palestinian security officer killed in Jenin overnight. Yazan Abu Tabikh, 19, a PA police cadet, was also shot dead during clashes that broke out in the city during the IDF’s demolition of a terrorist’s home in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, according to Palestinian officials.
The Israeli military on Thursday morning said Badwan was shot by Israeli troops, though it was not immediately clear why, and that it would be investigating the matter. The IDF did not acknowledge shooting Abu Tabikh specifically, but said that generally all of the events of Thursday morning were being reviewed.
In the predawn hours of Thursday morning, IDF soldiers — assisted by Border Police and the Shin Bet — entered Jenin in order to again raze the home of Ahmed Kunba who was charged with assisting in a terrorist shooting attack that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach in 2018. The military first demolished the building in 2018, but it had since been rebuilt.
During the demolition, which was completed successfully, rioting broke out nearby. IDF troops responded with live fire and less-lethal riot dispersal weapons, the military said. According to the official PA news outlet Wafa, six Palestinians were also injured by Israeli fire during the clashes.
Zilberman said that Israeli troops came under sniper fire during the demolition and that rioting broke out nearby.
According to the spokesman, the military anticipated that troops may come under fire during the demolition from a Palestinian sniper cell that had been shooting at Israeli soldiers in Jenin recently. As a result, a team of Israeli snipers was brought along to the operation.
When Israeli troops saw that shots had been fired at them, the snipers returned fire, Zilberman said.
“Our snipers hit that cell,” he said.
No Israeli soldiers were injured.
The clashes in Jenin also came a day after Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager as he was throwing a Molotov cocktail at them during a riot in the West Bank city of Hebron, further raising tensions in the region.
Header: Israeli security forces carry out a raid in the Bethlehem area in search of a suspect wanted for a car-ramming attack earlier in Jerusalem that left several people injured, on February 6, 2020. (Musa AL SHAER / AFP)