JERUSALEM (AP) – A Palestinian gunman who killed an Israeli soldier earlier this month was shot dead Wednesday after opening fire on a guard in a West Bank settlement near Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister said.
Yair Lapid said Uday Tamimi, from the Shuafat refugee camp near Jerusalem, which was the subject of a more than a week-long manhunt, was killed by Israeli security forces.
Police Chief Uzi Levy told reporters that Tamimi opened fire on guards at the entrance to Maale Adumim, a sprawling Israeli settlement in the West Bank east of Jerusalem. Levy said Tamimi was armed with a handgun and carrying an explosive device.
Paramedics said a guard was being treated for a gunshot wound to the hand.
On October 8, Tamimi is said to have fired at a checkpoint at close range, killing a 19-year-old female Israeli soldier and seriously injuring a guard before disappearing toward Shuafat. Israeli security forces placed a cordon around the refugee camp in East Jerusalem as the manhunt continued for days.
Lapid said Israel “will crack down and not hesitate against terror.”
Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the militant Hamas group that controls Gaza, said the killing of Tamimi will not stop the insurgency in the West Bank.
Tamimi “will remain a national Palestinian icon,” he said.
It was the latest clash in a wave of violence between Israeli security forces and Palestinians since the spring, when Israel began carrying out regular attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people in Israel.
More than 120 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting this year, making 2022 the deadliest year since 2015. The Israeli military says most of the Palestinians killed are militants. But youths who threw rocks protesting the raids and others not involved in clashes have also been killed.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War. The area is now home to approximately 500,000 Israeli settlers. The international community widely considers the settlements illegal and obstacles to peace.
The Palestinians claim the entire West Bank, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, for a future independent state.
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