PA says two killings within 24-hours is threat to peace

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013
Soldiers from one of the IDF's elite army units (Photo: IDF Spokesperson Archives)

Soldiers from one of the IDF's elite army units (Photo: IDF Spokesperson Archives)

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of causing damage to the ongoing peace negotiations after Israeli security forces killed two suspected terrorists in the West Bank.

A spokesperson for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said: "This dangerous Israeli escalation is aiming to thwart the attempt by the Americans and international community to advance the peace process."

He went on to say that Israel is “trying to maintain a cycle of violence and tension…and lead the peace talks towards a dead end”.

IDF soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Wednesday during an apparent attempt to capture a terrorist cell.

According to Palestinian news agency Ma'an, the man was believed to be Samir Abd al-Rahman Yasin, a member of the Palestinian security forces.

A special unit of the Israeli military was taking part in an operation to capture an unnamed terrorist cell.

Qalqilya lies close to the 1967 green line with Israel and is just thirty minutes by car from the nearby Israeli city of Kfar Saba.

The incident came within twenty four hours of a separate operation by Israeli police forces in the Palestinian city of Jenin to arrest militants belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror group.

Israel radio reported that a member of Hamas was shot and killed in the subsequent exchange of fire.

No casualties or injuries were sustained by Israeli security personnel in either incident.

IDF spokesperson Lieutent Colonel Peter Lerner said the operation in Qalqilya "exemplifies the advanced intelligence and operational capabilities of the IDF" .

"The outcome of this mission makes Israeli life safer," he added.

Last updated: 10:48am, December 19 2013