Middle East

Israel: Palestinian militant killed in shootout

  • Empty bullet casings lie on the floor in the house of Basil al-Araj in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 6, 2017. Police say Israeli forces early Monday entered the Ramallah area in the West Bank to arrest 31-year-old Palestinian militant al-Araj, and he opened fire, leading to a shootout that killed him. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Empty bullet casings lie on the floor in the house of Basil al-Araj in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 6, 2017. Police say Israeli forces early Monday entered the Ramallah area in the West Bank to arrest 31-year-old Palestinian militant al-Araj, and he opened fire, leading to a shootout that killed him. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Man embrace inside the house of Basil al-Araj in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 6, 2017.Police say Israeli forces early Monday entered the Ramallah area in the West Bank to arrest 31-year-old Palestinian militant al-Araj, and he opened fire, leading to a shootout that killed him. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Man embrace inside the house of Basil al-Araj in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 6, 2017.Police say Israeli forces early Monday entered the Ramallah area in the West Bank to arrest 31-year-old Palestinian militant al-Araj, and he opened fire, leading to a shootout that killed him. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say a Palestinian militant has been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Police say 31-year-old Basil al-Araj headed a group planning attacks against Israeli targets and collected weapons for the group. He was detained by Palestinian forces last year for about a month.

Police say Israeli forces early Monday entered the Ramallah area in the West Bank to arrest al-Araj, and he opened fire, leading to a shootout that killed him. The police published photos of two firearms it said were found on the scene.

Palestinians protested and threw stones at the Israeli forces, and police say their forces shot and wounded two Palestinians.

Also, the Islamist group Hamas says Israel has arrested two of its lawmakers in the West Bank.