JERICHO, West Bank, (Reuters) – Israeli troops on a West Bank raid on Wednesday killed a veteran Palestinian militant who moonlighted as a policeman, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.
They said Mahmoud Haimoor was a senior member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, who had been absorbed into the police following a truce early in 2005.
Haimoor was shot by Israeli troops after emerging from his encircled home in Ein al-Sultan refugee camp near Jericho, witnesses said, adding that he was unarmed.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers opened fire when Haimoor tried to flee arrest, and that he was wanted in connection with a 2000 attack in northern Israel that killed two people.
“A mortar tube was found in his house,” the spokeswoman said, adding the army could not confirm whether the man who was killed had worked for the police.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli troops arrested 10 suspected militants, the army said. Raids have been stepped up during efforts to get militants in Gaza to free a captured soldier. Palestinians seek statehood in Gaza and the West Bank.