First Published: 2017-03-20

Palestinan policeman killed by murder suspect
Murder suspect kills Palestinian policeman in densely populated refugee camp of Balata, in Israeli-occupied city of Nablus.
Middle East Online

Palestinian boys gather by armed men wanted by Palestinian Authority security, in Balata refugee camp, occupied West Bank

NABLUS - A murder suspect killed a Palestinian policeman on Monday in a shootout at a refugee camp in the West Bank, the official Wafa news agency reported.

The shooting broke out in the densely populated Palestinian refugee camp of Balata, in the Israeli-occupied city of Nablus, when police went to arrest suspects, Wafa said, quoting officials.

Police spokesman Adnan al-Damiri identified the policeman who died as Hassan Ali al-Hajj and said he was shot dead by Ahmed Abu Hamada, also known as "Zaabur".

Abu Hamada, who was wounded in the gunfight, was wanted by for murder, the possession of weapons and trafficking, as well as opening fire on police, said Damiri.

Police had gone to arrest him and other wanted criminals, but he refused to surrender and began shooting at the security forces.

The governor of Nablus told Wafa that a second policeman was slightly wounded in the shootout.

The suspect was eventually arrested, said Wafa.

Balata -- the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank home to 30,000 people -- saw an uptick of violence last year when Palestinian security forces launched raids to seize illegal weapons.

There are frequent clashes between police and armed men who are holed up in the camp.

One of the men, Hatem Abu Rizeq, 30, recently told AFP he does not "trust Palestinian security forces" and those like him tracked by the authorities are constantly in fear of being "executed".

Some analysts say Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas regards the camp as a support base for his political rival Mohammed Dahlan, who lives in exile.

 

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