NABLUS, West Bank — Israeli troops killed a senior Hamas militant in an arrest raid on Monday, touching off threats of revenge from the Islamic group.
The violence raised tensions as dignitaries from around the world gathered in Israel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Troops arrived at the home of Amjad Hanawi, 34, the commander of Hamas’ armed wing in the northern West Bank, early Monday, according to Palestinian witnesses and the Israeli military.
The soldiers ordered everyone out of the house and several surrounding buildings, Palestinian witnesses said. The Israeli military said seven of Hanawi’s assistants surrendered, but he came out shooting, so troops returned fire.
Palestinian witnesses said Hanawi was shot as he tried to climb a fence to escape.