Terrorist Killed Refusing Arrest in Birzeit

BIRZEIT (Reuters) -

Israeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian suspect wanted for terror activity in Birzeit, a Palestinian town north of Ramallah, on Thursday when he refused to submit to arrest.

Israeli soldiers and police surrounded the home of Muataz Washaha, 24, and called on him to turn himself in. Although his relatives came out of the house, he refused to leave.

After several hours of standoff, the Israeli forces knocked down part of the building with a bulldozer and opened fire. Washaha’s body was found shortly afterwards.

An Israeli military statement said that they later found an assault rifle in the house, confirming their belief that he was armed.

Two other suspects were arrested at the scene.

Palestinian sources said Washaha was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).