NABLUS, West Bank - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist during a counter-terrorism operation in Nablus (biblical Shechem) on Monday.
Troops entered the city to arrest Mohammed Abu Driyah, 27, a member of the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military wing, also serving in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) security forces.
After being released from prison and granted clemency in a past deal with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Driyah resumed terror-related activities with the al-Aksa Brigades.
Driyah was in a PA vehicle when Israeli troops approached to question him. When he attempted to escape, soldiers fired warning shots in the air and then at his lower extremities, an IDF spokesman said. "He was hit and transferred to an Israeli hospital, where he died of his wounds," he said.
Though Arab prisoners sign a paper promising to relinquish terror in exchange for clemency, statistics show that many return to the same activities for which they were serving time.
One-hundred and eighty Israelis have been murdered by prisoners released in clemency deals.
Sources: The Associated Press, YNet news