Local sources said that clashes erupted between the Israeli forces and students in Bilin, west of Ramallah, where a 24-year-old Mohammed Assi was killed during an IOF raid.
Coordinator for Bil'in Popular Committee to resist wall andsettlement, Abdullah Abu Rahma, said that Israeli forces raided the eastern area of the village and announced it a closed military zone. Several checkpoints were set on the main road, and students were banned from reaching their schools.
Palestinian news sources are also reporting that IDF Special forces have been engaged in a shooting battle Tuesday morning, in the Arab village of Ni’ma, west of Ramallah in Judea and Samaria. According to these sources, the IDF forces arrived at night to conduct arrests, and as a few of the residents began fleeing, a chase began. Large IDF forces are still operating in the area.
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian militant from the radical Islamic Jihad movement during a gunbattle near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, an army spokesman said earlier.
"A wanted Palestinian terrorist was killed this morning in Bilin during a gunfight with the army while he was in a cave," tweeted army spokesman Avichay Adraee in Arabic.
The gunfight broke out after troops stormed an area between the villages of Bilin and Kufr Ne'meh, 10 kilometres (six miles) northwest of Ramallah, shortly before dawn.
The army named the dead man as Mohammed Assi and said he was an Islamic Jihad militant responsible for a bus bombing in Tel Aviv that left 29 people injured.
"Mohammad Assi involved in #TelAviv bombing last Nov. opened fire at security forces and was killed this a.m. in the exchange of fire," said the army's official spokesman Peter Lerner in a posting on Twitter that described Assi as the "planner" of the November bombing.
He said troops had arrested another two people who were also involved in the bombing.
Islamic Jihad confirmed Assi was one of their militants in a statement on its website which said he was "assassinated by the occupation in Kufr Ne'meh."
Local witnesses said the incident began at 5:00 am (0200 GMT) when Israeli troops entered Bilin then moved into an area between the village and nearby Kufr Ne'meh, sparking gunfire.
Troops then surrounded a cave in the area and bulldozed it, a Palestinian medic at the scene said.
Local witnesses confirmed troops were hunting for Assi, saying he was a wanted Islamic Jihad activist.
The Tel Aviv bombing took place on November 21 on a bus near the defence ministry.
The attack took place as Israel was engaged in a major air campaign in Gaza to stamp out cross-border rocket fire that ended with a mutual ceasefire several hours later.
Voice of Russia, AFP, Al-Arabiya, jewishpress.com, pnn.ps