Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli forces

Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli forces

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his weekly Cabinet meeting that his government will legalize Havat Gilad to "allow the continuing of normal life there". Most of the global community views Israeli settlements there as illegal and an obstacle to peace.

Netanyahu said Israel's security forces will "reach anyone who tries to attack Israeli citizens and we will bring them to justice".

Vowing to pursue "resistance and jihad", Hamas said that the West Bank will remain the "address for steadfastness and defiance" against Israel.

A statement from Cogat, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian civilian affairs, said the demolition was approved after it had been challenged in Israel's Supreme Court.

Rabbi Raziel Shevah, a 35-year-old father of six, was shot and killed by Palestinian gunmen near his Havat Gilad residence in January.

Israeli forces rounded up 18 Palestinians in overnight raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday, according to a Palestinian NGO.

A Shin Bet (Israel's Security Agency) investigation indicates that the terror cell was involved in other attempted terror attacks and was in the process of planning new ones.

Jarrar is the son of a senior Hamas military wing member Nasser Jarrar - who himself was killed by Israeli forces 16 years ago.

Israeli forces have been hunting for the assailants since then, with roadblocks and checkpoints set up following the murder.

Also on Sunday evening, the soldiers invaded Ya'bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, abducted a young man, identified as Shoaa' Walid Abu Bakr, and confiscated his motorcycle, after storming his home and searching it.

It comes a day after Israel retroactively legalised an unauthorised settlement outpost in response to the killing of a resident last month.

Most countries deem Israeli settlements in the West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that the Palestinians want for a future state, to be illegal. But the militant Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called it a "continuation of the resistance" to the controversial USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Hundreds of Palestinian residents gathered at the scene after the Israeli troops pulled out.