JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man during an arrest operation Tuesday in the West Bank, the military said.
It said Palestinians in the refugee camp of Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem, began throwing stones and explosive charges at soldiers during the operation and that they responded with live fire, killing one man, and wounding another.
Palestinian medical officials identified the dead man as 20-year-old Mahmoud Abdalla.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been high in recent months, mostly over a disputed holy site in Jerusalem.
But violence in the West Bank has been at a low level. Israeli security officials ascribe the relative calm to attempts by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to keep the lid on violence as he pushes for a U.N. resolution on Israeli occupation.
Some Palestinian officials have suggested that Abbas will push for the vote on a draft resolution as early as this week that would set a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
The Palestinian resolution — which is almost sure to be vetoed by the United States — has prompted a diplomatic push by France that still hasn't been formally introduced.
The French draft speaks of the 1967 Mideast borders as the basis for dividing the land, which President Barack Obama has publicly backed, but it doesn't include key Israeli and U.S. conditions, such as Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.