According to paramedics and the man’s family, Israeli troops shot and killed a 57-year-old Palestinian instructor who rushed to treat a militant who was fatally injured.
Father-of-six Jawad Bouaqneh was murdered outside his home in the Jenin refugee camp.
It happened during a night of raids by the Israeli military in the West Bank.
With his passing, there have now been 17 Palestinian deaths this month, including militants and civilians.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that after coming under heavy assault from Palestinian assailants, their troops returned fire with live ammunition.
It stated that the event was “being evaluated” because it had been reported that a civilian had been killed “in the area of the exchange of fire.”
The militant who was mortally wounded was later identified as the man who was asking for help outside Mr. Bouaqneh’s home, according to his son Farid.
He responded, “My father went out to help the man, to give first aid.”
He said, standing at a doorway with a blood-stained floor, “We pulled him inside and… they shot my father in the upper torso and I moved him inside while he was covered in blood.”
According to Palestinian paramedics, Mr. Bouaqneh and a doctor were walking toward the injured insurgent outside the house.
The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) reported in a statement to the BBC that “the Israeli troops shot high velocity rounds at them at that point and a bullet wounded the teacher… in the chest while he was trying to treat the injured.”
The report added that both of the guys who were shot were pronounced dead at the hospital and that “[the medic] indicated he was wearing a clear first aid vest when the shooting happened.”
Adham Jabareen, 28, was recognized as a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad after his death by the Palestinian Health Ministry was confirmed. According to local accounts, he served as the organization’s Jenin commander. The group is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the West.
Armed army transporters and a military excavator can be seen entering Jenin in video from the attack on Thursday morning. Repeated shooting can also be heard in other clips.
Israeli snipers were reportedly stationed on the rooftops of multiple houses that overlooked the camp, according to Palestinian media, while an Israeli squad operating covertly raided a building at the camp’s entrance and captured occupants.
An Israeli soldier received minor injuries and was evacuated to the hospital, according to the IDF, which also claimed that explosive devices were hurled at its forces and that gunfire was exchanged. It stated that soldiers detained a person “suspected of involvement in terrorist activity” and recovered firearms.
It is the most recent in an almost nightly series of raids by the Israeli military to search, arrest, and gather intelligence that began last April as violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank reached heights unseen in years.
More than 150 Palestinians were slain in the West Bank last year, almost all of them by Israeli forces. Unarmed victims, terrorist gunmen, and armed assailants were all among the deceased. More than 30 individuals were killed in a series of Palestinian attacks against Israelis as well as terrorist firing at forces during arrest raids. These victims included civilians, police officers, and soldiers.
Amid mounting worries about a further deterioration in the security situation, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also traveled to the area on Thursday and met with Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
Since Benjamin Netanyahu came to office and took the helm of the most right-wing and religious coalition in Israeli history, this is the first trip by a top US official.