Last update - 10:22 18/01/2007
IDF troops kill Fatah militant during operation in West Bank
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Reuters
Israel Defense Forces troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, local hospital staff said.
Local residents identified the man as Mohanad Ghandour, 32, a militant of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is linked to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.
Ghandour was often referred to as Mohanad the Jordanian, because he is a Palestinian citizen of Jordan.
The army said troops had spotted an armed man during an operation in Nablus' Old City and had shot him. It said the man did not fire at its forces.
"Troops spotted an armed man whom they identified as a threat and shot at him," an army spokesman said.
Medical staff said the man died of his wounds before arriving at hospital.
Local residents reported stone-throwing clashes with troops who remained in the area and said three men had been shot and wounded. Hospital staff said one of the men was seriously hurt.
On Tuesday, a 10-year-girl was seriously wounded by Border Police troops in the West Bank village of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources said on Wednesday.