A young Palestinian man was shot and killed during an arrest raid by Israeli troops in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah, on Tuesday.
Israeli military sources stated that crowds in the camp began to attack the dawn raid with stones and added that a makeshift explosive device was thrown towards the troops. The soldiers responded with live fire, killing one man and injuring another.
No soldiers were injured during the event.
The killed Palestinian has been named as Mahmoud Abdullah Udwan, a 21 year old man, according to Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an.
Udwan was shot in the head while he stood atop the roof of his family home in the camp, according to medical officials.
It has been reported that Israeli troops were attempting to arrest Mujahed Hamed, a 26 year old security guard. Following the incident dozens of Palestinians gathered in the camp throwing stones at Israeli security forces who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
The death comes less than a week after a confrontation between Israeli troops and West Bank protesters led to the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein. The standoff occurred during a campaign to plant trees in the West Bank. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called the incident “a barbaric act which we cannot be silent about or accept”. Israeli officials maintain that Abu Ein died of a heart attack.
Tensions have been high in the months following Israel’s war in Gaza. While the situation in the West Bank has remained relatively calm, Jerusalem witnessed a spate of politically motivated murders targeting both Israelis and Palestinians and repeated clashes around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between protesters and security forces.