Israel forces close areas near Gaza after Jenin arrests

Senior Islamic Jihad official Bassem al-Saadi.(Photo: AFP)

JENIN, Palestinian Territories — Israel occupation forces closed areas near the Gaza border to civilians Tuesday following the Israeli killing of a Palestinian teen in Jenin and the overnight arrest of two senior Islamic Jihad members, Israel and Palestinian sources said.اضافة اعلان

A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during a late Monday raid in the flashpoint West Bank district of Jenin.

Islamic Jihad identified the teenager as Dirar Al-Kafrayni, and said he was a member of the group and “our heroic martyr”.

A Palestinian security source, who requested anonymity, told AFP that one of those detained was Bassem Al-Saadi, a senior figure in Islamic Jihad’s political wing in the West Bank.

The source identified the second person detained as Saadi’s son-in-law, a Jenin-based fundraiser for the resistance movement.

As news of the deadly raid spread, crowds began to gather in Jenin refugee camp and the nearby city of Nablus, as supporters voiced solidarity with Islamic Jihad.

“We declare alertness and raise the readiness of our mujahideen (fighters),” the group said in a statement late Monday.

Saadi was injured by an Israeli army dog during his arrest, the Palestinian source said.

Home to some 2.3 million Palestinians, Gaza has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. In the 14 years since Israel has “disengaged” from Gaza, it still controls all of the strip’s land borders, and access to its sea and airspace, according to the Palestinian news agency, Wafa.

Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 55 Palestinians since late March, mostly in the West Bank, the majority civilians, including Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.

Over the same period, 19 Israelis — both military personnel and non-combatants — have been killed.

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