Palestinian shot dead in West Bank was Hamas fighter: party
(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Palestinians collect rocks near buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the summer of 2014 in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on March 16 2016. AFP MOHAMMED ABED
Gaza City Palestinian Territories: Hamas's military wing said Wednesday one of its members was involved in an attack in the occupied West Bank in what was thought to be the first such acknowledgement since a wave of violence began in October.
In a statement the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades described Qassem Ouda Jaber 31 from Hebron in the southern West Bank as a member of one of the group's cells in the southern West Bank.
The Israeli army said that three Palestinians had tried to kill Israelis in two separate attacks on Monday but all three were shot dead.
The Palestinian health ministry named the perpetrators as Jaber Amir Juneidi and Yousef Taraya.
The Qassam statement said Jaber was a member of a brigade formed in 2004. It said he was arrested in 2006 and detained for 42 months for belonging to Hamas before opening a fruit and vegetable shop.
Hamas rules the Gaza Strip but also operates in the West Bank.
Since October 1 a wave of violence has killed 193 Palestinians 28 Israelis two Americans an Eritrean and a Sudanese according to an AFP count.
Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife gun or car-ramming attacks according to Israeli authorities.
The majority of the attackers appear to have been acting alone without coordination with any political party.