On Jan. 20, a Jihad gunman opened fire toward an Israel Army position.
The Palestinian operative, identified as Salem Samoudi, was killed when
soldiers returned fire.
The sources said this marked the second Jihad attack in less than two
weeks in the West Bank. On Jan. 8, Khaldoun Samoudi, was killed during an
attack on a crossing point along the border of Israel and the West Bank, Middle East Newsline reported. The
organization has not executed a major attack since 2006.
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Israeli military sources said Jihad was believed to have been organizing
a renewal of operations in the West Bank. They said Jihad operatives were
believed to have amassed weapons and formed cells for attacks on Israeli
soldiers and civilians.
"The Palestinian Islamic Jihad mainly operates from the northern region
of Judea and Samaria," a military source said. "In recent years, there has
been a decrease in the organization's activity in the area as a result of
efforts by the security forces against the Jihad terror infrastructure."
The sources said Israel pressured the PA to arrest other Jihad
operatives believed linked to the Samoudis. They said at least three Jihad
agents were arrested by PA intelligence agencies in the Jenin area.