RAMALLAH — A 12-year-old Palestinian boy died Monday after being shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers during a weekend army raid in a refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Mahmoud Samoudi was shot in the abdomen Saturday during an army raid in Jenin, a refugee camp and stronghold of Palestinian terror groups.

During the raid, soldiers entered the camp and surrounded a house. In videos circulated on social media, exchanges of fire could be heard. At the time, Palestinian health officials said two teens, ages 16 and 18, were killed and that 11 people were wounded.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had detained 25-year-old Saleh Samir Abu Zina, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group who was suspected of planning and carrying out recent shooting attacks on IDF troops operating in the West Bank.

The army said that Abu Zina has been convicted twice in the past for terror activities, and was most recently released from prison in 2020.

The military said dozens of Palestinians threw explosives and Molotov cocktails and opened fire toward the Israeli forces during the raid.

The Ministry of Health: Child Mahmoud Samoudi (12 years old), succumbed to severe wounds he sustained a few days ago, in the abdomen, in #Jenin. pic.twitter.com/jCDlzZIM9x

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The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Monday’s death.

Israel has been carrying out nightly arrest raids across the West Bank since a spate of terror attacks against Israelis in the spring killed 19 people. The army said it had traced some of the perpetrators of those attacks back to Jenin.

Israeli fire has killed more than 100 Palestinians during that time, making it the deadliest year in the territory since 2015. The Israeli military says the vast majority of those killed were members of terror groups or rioters who endangered the soldiers.

But several civilians have also been killed during Israel’s months-long operation, including a veteran journalist and a lawyer who apparently drove unwittingly into a battle zone. Local youths who took to the streets to clash with troops have also been killed.

Israel says the arrest raids are meant to dismantle terror networks. The Palestinians say the operations are aimed at strengthening Israel’s 55-year military occupation of territories they want for an independent state.

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RAMALLAH — A 12-year-old Palestinian boy died Monday after being shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers during a weekend army raid in a refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Mahmoud Samoudi was shot in the abdomen Saturday during an army raid in Jenin, a refugee camp and stronghold of Palestinian terror groups.

During the raid, soldiers entered the camp and surrounded a house. In videos circulated on social media, exchanges of fire could be heard. At the time, Palestinian health officials said two teens, ages 16 and 18, were killed and that 11 people were wounded.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had detained 25-year-old Saleh Samir Abu Zina, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group who was suspected of planning and carrying out recent shooting attacks on IDF troops operating in the West Bank.

The army said that Abu Zina has been convicted twice in the past for terror activities, and was most........

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